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Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom-Management Tips

Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom-Management Tips
This article is adapted from Larry's new book, Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation. Let's start with a question I've been asked on more than one occasion. "I know my content and like my students, but sometimes it's hard to get them under control so I can teach my lesson. What tips for classroom management can you give me?" My general answer is that you can never have too many positive, not punitive, classroom management strategies in your toolbox. Obviously, there are serious student transgressions, including violence, where some kind of punishment is an appropriate response. Public Versus Private Relationship Community organizers try to help people understand the difference between public and private relationships (I was an organizer for 19 years prior to becoming a teacher). Here is another example: I have spent time over the years working with many organizations, including religious congregations, organizing for community improvements. What do you do? Related:  educacion.informaciontipsClassroom Management

Thinking About Improving Homework - Thinking About Improving Homework by Rachelle Dene Poth The end of the school year can be challenging with so many changes occurring: the weather, spring sports, weeks of standardized testing, field trips and other activities lead to oftentimes, chaotic schedules. I notice this gradual transformation each year, and do my best to mix things up, to keep learning going, and to stay strong until the end. The last grading period has been a time to test out some new tools, give students new opportunities, more choices and be a little less structured, allowing for some spontaneity in our learning. What Is Homework, Anyway? Recently I have been giving a lot of thought to homework. Hearing from other educators at conferences, input from my students, and as a language teacher, also having to find ways to avoid student use of translators for assignments. Why I Decided To Do Something Different Honestly, sometimes yes. Thinking About Homework In Your Classroom Ask yourself these same questions.

5 Teaching Practices I'm Kicking to the Curb So many of us teach the way we were taught. We may not even realize we’re doing it. And that means certain practices get passed down year after year without question, methods that are such a normal part of the way we do school, we perpetuate them without realizing there are better alternatives. Today I’m going to roll out five of these for your consideration: five teaching practices used every day that are not backed by research. In many cases, these practices are not only ineffective, they can be downright harmful. A few caveats before I start: First, I have used every single one of these methods. A.K.A.: Round-Robin Reading, Volunteer Reading What it is: A teacher wants her class to read a text—a short story, a chapter in a textbook—so she has each student take a turn reading out loud while the others follow along silently. Why I did it: I used popcorn reading occasionally as a language arts teacher, when we were doing a whole-class novel, to “get through” the text. Learn More: A.K.A.

The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips Posted 08/20/2014 1:55PM | Last Commented 03/29/2016 9:48AM Classroom management is a delicate balancing act often learned through experience and trial-and-error experimentation. Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, having strategies for effective classroom management is essential for creating positive, successful learning spaces (and staying sane!). In this presentation you’ll find 25 tips for managing your classroom. Without further ado, here are the Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips: Each classroom is different, so please come back and share what you've learned and what works for you! NOTE: If you're having trouble viewing the presentation, click here to view it directly.

The 6 Ways Teachers Want To Change Schools The results of the recently released MetLife Survey of the American Teacher weren’t surprising to many teachers, as it chronicled a steep decline in teacher job satisfaction. In fact, teachers’ job satisfaction is at its lowest level since 1987. Of the 1,000 teachers polled, only 39 percent claimed they were “very satisfied” with their profession. It is clear from the survey that American teachers are concerned with the state of their profession but more troubling to us, they are not being given a voice in school reform or educational initiatives–decisions usually made by people far removed from local school districts. So, what do teachers want? Smaller Class Sizes A desire for smaller class sizes dominated the responses we received. Unfortunately, we know that in many school districts class sizes continue to get larger. Classrooms Without Walls The teachers we polled called for classroom walls to be torn down–both literally and figuratively. More Books More Choice, Fewer Grades

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. [The links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links. Remember college, when you’d crack open your textbook, pop the top off your brand-new highlighter, then start smearing that sucker across line after line of text, making the important stuff stand out so you could reread it and reread it some more? This phenomenon is explained in our summer 2015 book pick, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Although the reading can sometimes be challenging, the concepts are illustrated beautifully in a series of anecdotes from sports, the military, music, and even corporate training to demonstrate how learning in any field is still learning; the principles hold up no matter where they are applied. Anyone who teaches anything would benefit from reading this book: coaches, tutors, classroom teachers, parents, even corporate trainers. Make It Stick introduces quite a few guiding principles about learning. 1. 2.

Cómo Planificar una Clase en Pocos Minutos (incluye plantilla) – GoConqr Una de las cosas que los alumnos captan rápidamente de una lección es si el profesor la tiene preparada o está improvisando. La improvisación puede ser positiva en momentos puntuales pero una buena planificación es fundamental para el éxito de la clase. La lección debe tener un contexto, uno o varios objetivos, puntos clave, episodios de aprendizaje… Aunque la preparación de una clase es importante para cualquier docente, ésta es trascendental para aquellos profesores que quieren cambiar su metodología e incorporar las nuevas tecnologías en el aula por primera vez así como para aquellos profesores con poca experiencia. Sin embargo, incluso si eres un profesor con años y años de experiencia dando las mismas materias, es importante que revises la estructura de las lecciones con frecuencia. Cómo Planificar una Clase: El Plan de Estudio de 5 Minutos Esta tarea puede llegar a consumir mucho tiempo extra si no cuentas con una cierta estructura. Cómo Planificar una Clase: Gancho

Organization Welcome! Here is the view of our first grade hallway at Wayland Bonds Elementary! This year we decided to go with a camping theme. We made our doorways look like log cabins by making logs out of butcher paper. We all bought a pine tree from Mardels. Here is the camping welcome sign as you enter the first grade hallway. We each took laminated scrapbook paper and glued it to the wall with a cloths pin. My Classroom Pictures Here is a look into my classroom! This is my teacher desk. I have each pod of desks labeled with group signs. Click HERE to download my group signs from my TpT Store! The baskets on the shelf are each student's individual book basket for their independent reading books. I use this pocket chart to store the student's library and lunch cards. Weekly Activities and Worksheets This is how I organize the week's worksheets and activities. Sharpened Pencils When my students need a sharpened pencil they just come get one from the drawer. Need a Color/Found a Crayon Centers FREE Centers!

Back to School: Rules and Routines in the Classroom I admit it. I allowed students to chew gum in class. Why? I chewed gum. I have a throat that tends to dry up mid-morning. Gum helps. The point is that if you have a rule, you have to follow it yourself or the kids will question you, and worse, lose respect. Follow Through Rules have consequences, and routines have reminders. Once you make a rule, you have to stick to it. All the other students are watching and expecting the follow through. Choosing Routines to Emphasize There will be procedures and routines that will take several seconds to go over and then others that are more in-depth. You will want to address all scenarios for getting out of one's seat: sharpening a pencil, getting supplies or a tissue, turning in work, etc. There isn't really a limit to how many routines and procedures you have, but you will need to make sure that each one is clear to every learner in your room that first week of school. Transparency Have the class brainstorm examples and you add a few yourself.