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    How to Approach Behavior Problems in Class

    How to Approach Behavior Problems in Class
    From elementary to high school, managing behavior is by far the most difficult part of being a teacher. Problem behaviors come in a variety of forms, from a young child hitting to a teenager disrupting your lesson. Children also come to school with a variety of emotional and life challenges, which may make their problem behaviors seem complex and difficult to ...
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    How To: Deal with an Oppositional and Defiant Student

    How To:  Deal with an Oppositional and Defiant Student
    We all know the type of kid; he or she may be your biggest headache. They are hostile to you and their peers, they don’t seem to listen, and don’t do what they are told. Its almost like they want to upset you. It seems like the more you try to manage them the more they resist…. Sound Familiar? Students with ...
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    5 Characteristics of a Well-Managed 21st Century Classroom

    5 Characteristics of a Well-Managed 21st Century Classroom
    Should teachers still worry about students who chew gum? What should we do about those students whose cell phones ring in class? How should we react when we hear students using offensive language? As teachers, we wonder what to do about these and the countless other behaviors that we witness each school day. Are these the issues that should concern us ...
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    5 Surefire Tips for Handling Misbehavior

    5 Surefire Tips for Handling Misbehavior
    How do I handle students who always test the rules? I basically give the kids a free pass to misbehave once before getting in trouble. I give a warning at the beginning of the year and from then on, any misbehavior is fair game to punishment. When I first was learning how to do it, I would have the kids call ...
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    Taking Control of Your Class

    Taking Control of Your Class
    “Relax and quietly sit in your seat.” There is nothing more challenging for a teacher than starting class off on the right track. It often feels like trying to change the course of a steam ship with a wooden paddle. But it’s not impossible to start off right and stay on-task for the entire class period or school day even with ...
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    25 Actions to Grab Your Students’ Attention

    25 Actions to Grab Your Students’ Attention
    There are countless ways to wake up and shake up your students. Prepared teachers take time in advance of the lesson to prevent their students from being bored in class. They combine various techniques and try all sorts of new approaches to get their students engaged in a lesson. Don’t be afraid to try as many as it takes to get ...
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    Collaboration or Cheating: Where is the Line?

    Collaboration or Cheating: Where is the Line?
    I teach my students the importance of collaboration to their further studies. I teach them this because I know how much collaboration has aided me in continuing my education, but I also know how much collaboration is involved when working in the “real world.” But I also stress to them the differences between cheating and collaboration. Let me start with a ...
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    5 Tips for Teaching Students to Respect Authority

    5 Tips for Teaching Students to Respect Authority
    As a school psychologist, I help teachers and parents craft behavior plans for students who are having difficulties in school. Without fail, the top two behaviors that are the most problematic for teachers are not following rules/directions and lack of work completion. Here are some tips for teachers (and parents) to increase compliance with requests. *1)* Start with requests that the ...
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    10 Ways to Create Positive Learning Experiences

    10 Ways to Create Positive Learning Experiences
    Hustle & Flow: Classroom Style The words hustle and flow describe one basic word to me: activity. I want my classroom to be full of activity. Productive activity. You may not agree with some of the things I'm writing, but remember, I'm suggesting these for the long-term effect they will have on the student culture and classroom atmosphere. The following are ...
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    The Battle of Teacher vs. Student

    The Battle of Teacher vs. Student
    Aha! After many painful hours of searching YouTube for awful teacher-student interactions, I found a clip to illustrate how I might do an observation and consult with the teacher. This is a clip from a mockumentary (fake documentary) in England of a teacher-student interaction gone awry. It isn’t that far off from some teacher-student interactions I’ve observed. And if you are ...
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    The Instructor’s Guide to De-Stressing in the Final Weeks of School

    The Instructor’s Guide to De-Stressing in the Final Weeks of School
    Well, for most of us, we have about a month left before the end of the semester. Some of us are reaching that weary point of exhaustion and stress that always come with a mound of papers that won’t grade themselves, more classes to teach, and not enough energy to do both (and finish coursework for those of us still on ...
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    Top 10 Secrets of Successful Classroom Management

    Top 10 Secrets of Successful Classroom Management
    When Richard Eyster encountered Jennifer Longley at an education conference, he was delighted to learn she had entered the teaching profession. He remembered Jennifer as a bright and good-natured student in his third grade class twelve years earlier. But when they met for lunch, she opened up to him about her frustrating struggle to maintain control of her high school English ...
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    15 Tricks to Transform Yourself Into a Favorite Teacher

    15 Tricks to Transform Yourself Into a Favorite Teacher
    Ramona writes: I am a first year teacher struggling with classroom management at the elementary school level. I have some logistical challenges because I don’t have my own classroom and travel between classes and schools with a cart. I also have almost 300 different students I see every week. But mostly my problem is that I don’t like to humiliate children ...
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    60 Ways to Survive & Thrive as the School Year Ends

    60 Ways to Survive & Thrive as the School Year Ends
    As the end of the school year approaches, students of all ages and ability levels become increasingly restless and distracted. Even the most studious scholars seem to lose interest in material that fascinated them just a few weeks ago. The result can be enormous frustration for the teachers of these fidgety and disengaged students. Veteran teachers know about this unfortunate phenomenon ...
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    Ways to Speed up a Teacher's Day

    Ways to Speed up a Teacher's Day
    Being a teacher means that you have many things to juggle, and if anything tips the scales, you may find yourself backlogged in a hurry. There are things that you can do to make sure that you stay on schedule, and complete tasks in a timely manner. Situations will come up that are beyond your control, but implementing some of these ...
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    The Ultimate Guide to Your First Day at School

    The Ultimate Guide to Your First Day at School
    Whether you are a first-time teacher or an experienced educator, there are certain things you have in common. One of those things is the first day of school. Being prepared and ready to accept students into your classroom is paramount in making them feel welcomed to your classroom, and also giving you the edge to begin the school year off on ...
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    Classroom Discipline Tips: Dealing with Difficult Students & Parents

    Classroom Discipline Tips: Dealing with Difficult Students & Parents
    Recently Teaching collected discipline questions from members. Veteran teacher and author of First Year Teacher's Survival Guide, Julia Thompson, answered questions with helpful suggestions. Browse the questions below to find answers to questions that can help you be more prepared to handle difficult situations. h4. Question *_What do you do with students who are disrespectful?_* Every teacher has to deal ...
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    15 Ways For Teachers to Get Organized

    15 Ways For Teachers to Get Organized
    All teachers need a user-friendly system to help stay on top of the endless marking, checking and workpages. Plan as thoroughly as you can and if you don’t already have one, develop a system of organization. It’s truly amazing how much paperwork and marking goes into the first year. It’s easy for a new teacher to feel overwhelmed and confused. Try ...
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    How Do I Keep My Students Quiet?

    How Do I Keep My Students Quiet?
    I am convinced that classroom management is the key to success in teaching. It is something about which I have become passionate. Why? Because poorly managed classrooms waste the time and the lives of everyone involved. As a teacher, I hate it when I allow my students to be out of control. As a student, I don’t learn as much as ...
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    Best Ways to Prevent & React to Discipline Problems

    Best Ways to Prevent & React to Discipline Problems
    Student behavior problems may be the single biggest reason teachers get stressed and leave the teaching profession. Too often, teacher preparatory programs send smart, qualified teachers into classrooms with little or no skills for handling behavior disasters. Student teaching may prepare teachers for real-life teaching, but more often than not, the student teaching environment may not represent the actual teaching placement. ...
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