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    5 Teacher Tips on Getting Through Negative Situations

    5 Teacher Tips on Getting Through Negative Situations
    Confronting new classroom situations is part of every teacher’s job. The challenge is of course, how to cope with the tension in the most effective way. I received this email last week from a teacher who feels stuck. “I teach a combo 7th-8th grade elective and the behavior is getting worse.There are a few students who are disrespectful and they make ...
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    How to Build a Classroom Management Plan

    How to Build a Classroom Management Plan
    After introducing a few rules during the first week of school, plan on reinforcing them for the next few months to come. Stick to the 90% reviewing classroom procedures and rules and 10% amount of teaching. By procedures, I am referring to also study skills such as how to present and keep their work, pair and group work and test procedures. ...
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    How to Creatively Use a Seating Chart

    How to Creatively Use a Seating Chart
    The seating chart: some teachers love them and use them, others do not. I find them essential. Many teachers seat their students alphabetically (either A-Z or Z-A) in rows. Others use groups of desks, or tables and assign seats after allowing the students to find a chair of their personal preference. Seating charts are VERY USEFUL for the mundane everyday tasks ...
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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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    How to Keep Students from Cheating

    How to Keep Students from Cheating
    Many students of all ages find it tempting- and sometimes irresistible- to cheat on homework assignments. Students who cheat instead of doing the work themselves may not fully comprehend the lesson, slipping behind in knowledge gained. While teachers do not have full control over this because they are not with students when they complete homework assignments, there are strategies that ...
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    Is Your Classroom a Safe Place?

    Is Your Classroom a Safe Place?
    Building trust: I share a lot of stories about myself so that the students can learn more about me. When I don’t know someone, I don’t feel comfortable expressing myself because I am afraid they will judge me or think badly about me. My students probably feel the same way so I try to take the first steps in getting to ...
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    To Group or Not to Group

    To Group or Not to Group
    I think there are times grouping is good and sometimes it isn’t appropriate. As a teacher, I need to look at what the objective of my lesson is and how do I plan to achieve it. If grouping is the best way to do that, then that is the way I need to go. I do not believe that one size ...
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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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    End of the School Year: Flexible Planning

    1) Shake things up a bit - if you're used to doing daily journaling in a notebook, try doing the journaling on a computer or even blogging with your students - adding technology to lessons isn't difficult and it can really help with student engagement, especially at a time of year when attentions are drawn elsewhere 2) Have a cumulative project ...
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    End of the School Year: A Secret Word

    From Kelly Tenkely I do institute a secret word of the day the last month of school. I tell the kids a new secret word each day and whenever they hear that word they have to do something like stand up and hop on one foot or pat their heads or put their finger on their nose. It keeps them paying ...
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    How to Make it to the End of the School Year

    How to Make it to the End of the School Year
    If the school year has flown by but now is creeping along, you're not alone. Many teachers this time of year are teaching students who are anxious about the school year ending and summer just around the corner. Unfortunately, there is a lot of work to be done until the final bell rings. To help you and your students stay focused ...
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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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    7 Questions That Will Save Your Teaching Career

    7 Questions That Will Save Your Teaching Career
    My priorities as a first year teacher were a little bit off. It wasn’t until the end of my second year before I began to really “get it.” I still don’t get it, but I have begun to. What I learned in later school years was that I needed to ask questions, but not just any questions. Over time, I have ...
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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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    How Do I Keep My Students Away from Me?

    How Do I Keep My Students Away from Me?
    Help! My students like me too much! Here is where things begin to get fun. When I first started teaching, I did so because I loved working with children. I tried so hard to make them like me. I wanted to be their favorite teacher. In so doing, I didn’t enforce enough discipline. I didn’t want to make them mad. That ...
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    Middle School Trouble Makers

    Middle School Trouble Makers
    Dear Julia, I just started teaching a 6th grade reading class in a middle school. I have established and repeated class rules, set up a daily routine, and even end class a few minutes early so the kids can socialize. However, I am still having trouble getting the kids to listen and respect me. I have implemented a strike system, given ...
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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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    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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    Part 4: Tips for Classroom Management

    Part 4: Tips for Classroom Management
    Everything a Teacher Needs to Know Before School Starts As summer quickly comes to a close, preparation for being back in the classroom begins to mount. And what you do in the first week of school can truly set the tone for the rest of the year. Use this elaborate guide, exclusive to Teaching—with tips, strategies, even lesson plans—to help you ...
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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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