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Why You Shouldn’t Try To Convince Difficult Students To Behave. It happens every day in classrooms from Fresno to Kathmandu.

Why You Shouldn’t Try To Convince Difficult Students To Behave

The teacher pulls aside their most difficult student for a private meeting. Building Community With Attendance Questions. Taking attendance is usually a five-minute task at the start of a class period, but in my classroom, it can sometimes take much longer.

Building Community With Attendance Questions

On rare occasions, taking attendance can take up an entire class period. This happened recently when, for 75 minutes, students listened respectfully to each other. No one snuck a peek at phone messages. No one left the room for a washroom break. Not a single student looked bored. Is Your Classroom Academically Safe? “Diving” by Khalid Mir is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Is Your Classroom Academically Safe?

First five framwork. Sample survey. A 4-Part System for Getting to Know Your Students. The biggest paradigm shift in my teaching career was the day I found out one of my students was homeless.

A 4-Part System for Getting to Know Your Students

Robert was talkative, academically average, fooled around a little too much. Some weeks he turned in good work, and other times he didn’t. Among the 134 students that filled my rosters in my third year of teaching, he was a pretty typical seventh grade kid. But in March of that year, Robert was getting on my nerves: not turning in some of his work, talking out in class more than usual. I responded as I often did, with reprimands and lunch detention and generally feeling disappointed in him. Urban Prep and the Fight for Black Boys. In recent years, Chicago has become emblematic of a national crisis concerning the fates and futures of Black boys, and nowhere are the depths of the crisis more frighteningly clear than within our big cities' public schools.

Urban Prep and the Fight for Black Boys

The grim statistics are well known but bear repeating: In Chicago, close to 60% of young Black men do not graduate from high school; only 6% of Black males in the ninth grade will earn a bachelor's degree by age 25; and nearly half of Black males between the ages of 20 and 24 are both unemployed and out of school. The First of Its Kind Ten years ago, Urban Prep opened the nation's first all-male charter public high school knowing that, if we were to achieve uncommon results, we would have to pioneer an uncommon approach. Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning. Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning. A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice.

Ask teachers to describe the impact they hope to have on their students, and most will eventually say something along these lines: I want my students to grow into responsible citizens.

A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice

Are You Sabotaging Your Classroom Management? If you struggle with classroom management no matter how many different strategies you try, there’s a good chance you might be doing something to get in your own way.

Are You Sabotaging Your Classroom Management?

In this post I wrote for MiddleWeb, I explain how each one of these teacher mistakes can cause problems for you, and what you can do instead. Read the full post HERE. Should I Download That App? A Ten Question Checklist for Choosing Tools Worth Your—and Your Students'—Time. Many educators are playing the student engagement game.

They wonder, “How can I get my students excited to learn? How can I ensure they will not get distracted easily?” Since tablets, Chromebooks, and smartphones have become commonplace in classrooms, the easy answer is to find a new shiny tech tool. Let’s be honest—flashy, colorful, unique apps will hook your students, but not usually for long. The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources. Check out my Washington Post column, The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning I’ll be writing a post soon in my Education Week Teacher column about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) (sometimes referred to as “character” education) soon, and thought it would be useful to develop a “The Best…” list on the topic.

The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources

My Top 5 Organizational Hacks for Teaching High School. A Classroom Management Plan That Works. In his book, Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys To Creativity, Hugh MacLeod points out that Abraham Lincoln penned the Gettysburg Address on borrowed stationary.

A Classroom Management Plan That Works

Hemingway wrote with a simple fountain pen. Van Gogh rarely used more than six colors on his palate. And MacLeod, himself an artist, sketches cartoons on the back of business cards. His point is that there is zero correlation between creative talent and the materials and equipment used. The same can be said about an effective classroom management plan. A simple set of rules and consequences hand-printed on ordinary poster board is all you need. You see… Using the Arts to Build School Community. One of the best ways to really connect with our students is to get to know their families.

Using the Arts to Build School Community

At my elementary school, we do as much as we can to host events that help our families learn and have fun together while connecting with staff and other families. For the past two years, we’ve tried to help parents feel more connected with Common Core math by hosting a math night in the fall, where families come to interactive sessions hosted by teachers. We have Dads’ breakfasts, where we serve a hot breakfast to our dads and their children while providing literacy tips and a guest speaker on ways to strengthen family relationships. These programs have been very well attended, and we’ve received great feedback. Eleot™ - The Effective Learning Environments Observation Tool. Classroom management.