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A Classroom Management Plan That Works

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. 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… There is no magic in the plan itself. Therefore your plan doesn’t need to be elaborate, complex, or involved. It just needs to be followed. A Classroom Management Plan Is A Contract A classroom management plan is a contract you make with your students that promises you will protect their right to learn and enjoy school without interference. 1. 2. That’s it. Rules: 1. 2. 3. 4. Consequences: Related:  Classroom.Classroom ManagementUseful tools

Great Back to School Ed Tech Rubrics August 18, 2014 I love rubrics and I find them particularly helpful in lesson plan designing as well as in assessing students work. I know some teachers and educators think of them as "so yesterday" but we need to view them as roadmaps that can guide you towards achieving your teaching/learning goals. Over the last couple of years, I have shared here a wide myriad of rubrics most of them are Ed Tech related. Today, I revisited my archive and selected for you the collection below hoping that they assist you in your efforts to integrate technology in your teaching. 1- A Rubric to Grade Students iPad Projects 2- A Rubric for Evaluating Web Content 3- A Handy Rubric for Arts Teachers 4- Technology Integration Matrix 5- Rubrics for Developing Students Speaking Skills and Presentations 6- Rubrics for Students Blogging 7- Teachers Rubrics for Selecting Mobile Apps 8- Rubric for Inforgraphic Use in Class 9- Problem Solving Rubric 10- Digital Storytelling Rubrics for Teachers

My Top 5 Organizational Hacks for Teaching High School I'm not a naturally organized person. In July before my first year of teaching, I remember being at the office supply store in the file/tray/organizer aisle, picking up a single black tray and thinking, "Hmm ... this should do it." Needless to say my first year was a mess both literally and figuratively. Lots and lots and lots of error. To save you some error, here are my top five organizational tricks! 1) The BGT The BGT in my class stands for Big Gray Thing because I don’t know what else to call this beautiful specimen. I teach three double-blocked class periods, so I have one “column” in the BGT for each class, with different tray labels for vocabulary, grammar, school forms/slips, absent/late work, tests, and then Assignments A through C for work that doesn’t fall under the other categories. I honestly don’t know how I survived without the BGT. During my conference period, I sometimes collect anything in the Absent/Late Work tray and grade that. Just keeping it real, y’all. Super easy!

All Things Topics - Home 5 Steps for Planning Lessons Around Technology – Starting with the End in Mind Teacher Anne Karakash is a recipient of a 2004 Fulbright Scholarship and a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certified teacher. She enjoys teaching in a 1:1 classroom at Franklin Academy in Wake Forest, North Carolina and at Wake Technological Community College in Raleigh. Karakash will be presenting the session, “Colorful, Dynamic and Interactive: Reimagining Classroom Content”, at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference this November in Raleigh, NC. Veteran teachers have seen the landscape of education go through drastic changes over the last two decades. I recall when each lesson I taught had to include a technology component and administrators would always inquire as to how I was adding technology to my classroom content. And then one day everything changed for me. To create these sorts of lessons takes time and energy, but the reward in student attention and motivation is great. Plan: Consider your curricular content. About Anne Karakash

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. Here are my choices for The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources (I’m going to first start with sharing posts and resources from this blog, and then highlight several other sites): You might want to visit the publishers website for my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. If you click on “sample chapters,” you’ll be able to get several lesson plans and hand-outs for free related to SEL. Social Skills Training Report Is Even More Interesting Than I Thought… is a post on recent SEL research. The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset” My Best Posts On Students Setting Goals Prof. Maurice J.

Future Plans Warm-up Why I Hate School But Love Education (6:07) Spoken Word Video from Suli Breaks in British accent about school vs education vs talentWhat is your future plan (2:47) Inspirational video for youth about future planning (Warning for the mention of God on the final slide)When I grow up (2:00) A motivational video Lesson Plan Teen Game Plan A downloadable pdf-leaflet (7 pages) with a lesson plan, directed towards health issues in one’s future choices Reading Will your job still exist in 2025? Watching Unbroken (5:57) Motivational Video, “coach-style” straight talk. Speaking Teen Talk: Future Plans (4:11) Teenagers talking about their college ambitions. Writing How to Plan For a Successful Future Eight steps to plan for your future by writing it all down. Final Words Famous Failures who succeeded (1:16) Short background stories of some of the most famous peopleThe key to success? More Interesting Ideas Please tweet your feedback about working with this theme page to the author.

Chalkup Social Learning Platform, Simple Learning Management. Student Engagement App for Schools. 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. Is this emphasis (or overemphasis) on apps the right way for students to experience learning? We don’t think so. Whether you are a classroom teacher, instructional coach, or administrator, ask yourself these ten questions before tapping GET, INSTALL, or BUY. Putting Pedagogy First 1. Before thinking about incorporating technology, clearly identify what you want students to understand as a result of their experiences. 2. There are amazing tech tools out there that allow students to whip up a professional looking presentation, video, or podcast in a matter of minutes. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

20 End of the Year Reflection Questions Here are 20 questions to help you and your students reflect on the school year. You could use these informally for discussion when you have a few minutes or for a more personal reflection experience, take a few of your favorites to use for a survey or as writing/journal prompts. There is also a list of reflection questions for teachers here.What is something we did this year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?What was the nicest thing someone in our class did for you this year?What was the most challenging part of this year for you? UPDATE: May 2015: I just made these questions into task cards! I recently found out that Laura Candler of Corkbord Connections has posted this terrific freebie called School Year Reflections that could easily be used with the questions on this post. Looking for more open-ended questions to ask your students? Have more to add?

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