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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies
The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me daily. That year also afforded me the opportunity to be assaulted with a stone, two chairs, a Rambo knife, a seventh-grade girl's weak jab, and dozens of creative swear words. Fortunately, classroom order improved when I learned that successful classroom management depends on conscientiously executing a few big strategies and a lot of little ones. Big Strategies: Fundamental Principles of Classroom Management 1. A hypnotist's first induction technique often involves directing subjects to focus on something they're already doing. Teachers, like hypnotists, can string along a series of requests by asking students to do something most are already doing, then waiting for 100-percent compliance, and finally issuing another directive, etc.

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pet pARTners: Art with Heart We have been having the best time with our community service project, pet pARTners! In case you haven't heard, my smartest artists are working to help solve the problem of homeless pets in our community by raising awareness of our local animal shelter, FurKids, through our artwork. We are posting the artwork on our school's social media and will display the original pieces in the community as well. Our goal is to bring in donations for food and care, and get more animals adopted into forever homes. In addition to serving our community, which many artists do, we are expanding our drawing skills with careful observation and learning to break down complex forms into simpler geometric shapes.

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students Students’ behavior is a form of communication and when it’s negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause. There are many reasons kids might be acting out, which makes it difficult for a teacher in a crowded classroom to figure out the root cause. But even if there was time and space to do so, most teachers receive very little training in behavior during their credentialing programs. On average, teacher training programs mandate zero to one classes on behavior and zero to one courses on mental health. Students Learn Best When You Do This Students Learn Best When You Do This. And This. And This. by Grant Wiggins, Ed.D, Authentic Education Editor’s note: This post is a follow-up to a post from earlier this week, “Fixing High School By Listening To Students.”

Writing an SLO (Student Learning Objective) for Art SLO. SGM. SGO. Whatever your state calls them, they can be more than overwhelming. Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices When presented with new material, standards, and complicated topics, we need to be focused and calm as we approach our assignments. We can use brain breaks and focused-attention practices to positively impact our emotional states and learning. They refocus our neural circuitry with either stimulating or quieting practices that generate increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, where problem solving and emotional regulation occur. Brain Breaks Puzzled Teacher, Troubled Kid: Understanding Behaviors Guest author Noah Kempler is a child and family psychotherapist who also works with educators and schools. By Noah Kempler Liam was having a hard time sitting still in class. He’d seemed extra restless lately, and also sort of out of it or preoccupied, and his 5th grade teacher, Ms. Kercher, was wondering what was going on.

'Praise the effort, not the outcome? Think again' Always try to praise the effort, not the outcome. That’s the lesson that parents and teachers often take from my work. But it’s the wrong lesson, or it can easily become so. Yes, the research that underpins growth mindset theory does show that praising children’s hard work or strategies when they’ve done well – “process praise” – has a number of positive effects.

How to Set Measurable Goals for Yourself and Your Students It’s the time of the year when you need to write out goals for yourself and for your students, this often seems a bit tricky when it comes to art, because these goals also have to be tracked and assessed, aka tied to data. You probably stay away from giving tests in your art room, I don’t blame you, me too. Now, I’ve never had trouble coming up with goals, in fact, one year my principal asked me to have less goals ( really?), but it can be hard to figure out how you’re going to demonstrate growth. In many classes growth is demonstrated by giving students a pretest and a post test, then measuring if they’ve made improvements. In the art room, for just a second, whenever you say or write the word , project, replace it with the word , test. ( this is just about making a slight mindset shift, not about actually replacing projects with tests)

A 5-Second Solution for a Talkative Class Ever get the feeling people aren’t listening when you talk? That may be more than just a feeling. When I observe teachers, I see one small, specific problem more often than anything else. If they fixed it, they would notice an instant difference in how well their classes go. Students would follow instructions better, classroom management problems would decrease, and the teacher would enjoy a greater sense of calm and well-being.

Teachers Use Compassion To Boost Attendance At Gwinnett School This story is part of WABE and American Graduate's Advancing Atlanta: Education series. For more stories, click here. Of all the problems facing public schools, one that has stumped educators for years is how to get kids to show up. Truancy, or chronic absenteeism, can be a particular problem in low-income areas. State research shows attendance is tied to achievement. Kids who miss more than six days of school during the year tend to see their academic performance slip.

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Paintbrush care, and practical tips for easy painting cleanup A conversation last night in a Facebook Art Teachers group has sparked this post, which I have intended to write for, like, at least a year. So now is the time! I've actually addressed the topic of cleanup before, but some of you may not have ever seen the older posts, and I'll give more detail here anyhow. I'll start with some of my procedures for practical paintbrush use and care. After spending 36 years teaching art, I feel well-qualified to address this topic, and hopefully offer you some helpful tips. 5 Tips for Creating Real Rapport With Your Students As a special education teacher, I often have the opportunity to work with students who many of my colleagues find...let's say, difficult to work with. On my worst days I get frustrated by how it often seems that classroom teachers are at a loss when students don't fit their expectations. Building rapport is hard work.

60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves 60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves by Terry Heick Motivating and engaging students is the goal of most teachers–priming them to receive instruction, or otherwise align themselves to a pre-set process you’ve sketched out that you hope will yield a learning goal you selected beforehand. But I’ve also been thinking recently of how learning actually happens–the causes of learning. Learning events, maybe.