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?
Google Opens Classroom, Its Learning Management Tool, To All Teachers Back in May, Google announced the limited preview of Classroom, a tool that aims to make it easier for teachers to stay in touch with their students and to give them assignments and feedback. Google says more than 100,000 educators from 45 countries signed up to try it since then. Today, it is throwing the doors wide open, and anyone with a Google Apps for Education account can now use the service. Classroom, which is now available in 42 languages, gives teachers access to a content management system that allows them to post updates and homework assignments, add and remove students from their classes, and provide them with feedback (including grades). Unsurprisingly, the service is deeply integrated with Google Drive and the productivity applications, such as Google Docs and Slide. The service is free for schools as part of the Google Apps for Education suite. With Classroom, Google closes the loop.
9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever When instructors engage learners, develop ability and understanding, and amplify students' identities, we call them "transformational teachers" -- professionals who provide learners with disciplinary View-Masters so that kids can see the world in stereoscope. But how do they prepare? Do they just show up for class and spontaneously uncork the awesome? Obviously not. Behind the scenes, transformational teachers labor over curriculum plans that look simple and even elegant to classroom observers. How to Plan Transformational Lessons 1. For decades, many educators let a textbook's table of contents determine the scope and sequence of a course. Teaching strategies are approaches that teachers use to improve student learning. Balancing teaching strategies with learning strategies keeps instructors and students actively engaged and focused on the same purpose. 2. As teachers gain fluency in using Google Docs, collaborative planning is becoming second nature. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Icebreakers Volume 3: Activities for the First Days of School | Getting to Know You Activities | Ice Breakers Education World's readers responded to last year's back-to-school story with more than two dozen great ideas. So here, in a follow-up to 14 Great Ideas for the First Days of School, is the second batch of reader ideas -- 14 more activities for the first days of school! Hello, Amigos! For ESOL tutors or teachers in schools with a multicultural population: Create a poster with hands of different colors and write on each hand the word hello in a different language. Greet the children, saying "Hola, amigos" and introduce yourself, giving brief background. Then ask students to introduce themselves and to say hello in their native languages if they can. Chrysanthemum's Graph! We Are All Unique! Invite students to list some traits that make them unique. Sticker Partners! Me Bag Place a white paper bag on each desk on the morning of the first day. Candy Gets Kids Talking! Bring in Skittles, one of your students' favorite candies for sure! Take As Much As You Want! Paper Dolls! Where Do I Sit?
Étudiants internationaux - SAÉ UdeM Étudiants étrangers : comment gérer le choc culturel? du Guide de survie étudiante (plusieurs articles intéressants) Du choc culturel à l'intégration Par Sonja Susnjar, psychologue Article tiré du Bulletin Vies-à-vies, un bulletin d'orientation et de consultation psychologique, vol. 4, no 5, avril 1992. Entreprendre des études universitaires, changer de ville, quitter les régions pour venir s'installer à la grande ville, commencer un nouvel emploi sont autant d'expériences dans la vie de tout le monde qui ressemblent à celle de changer de pays. Pour des personnes qui changent de pays, que ce soient des étudiants étrangers, des coopérants, des femmes d'affaires ou de simples voyageurs, ces mêmes difficultés sont amplifiées puisque les différences entre le milieu d'origine et le nouveau milieu sont encore plus grandes. Le phénomène du « choc culturel » Les phases d'adaptation On doit se méfier d'une adaptation trop rapide On soit se méfier d'une adaptation trop rapide et trop facile.
Back to School: Rules and Routines in the Classroom I admit it. I allowed students to chew gum in class. Why? 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 Be it a rule or routine, kids have to know what it looks like and examples Day One. The Ultimate Goal
Academic Sponge Activities To put your rough days into perspective, here is a teaching story that is equal parts nightmare and exemplar, adapted from Alan Newland's personal account in The Guardian. When he was a first-year teacher in Hackney and Totenham, Newland found his sixth graders to be challenging to the extreme. Before their Thursday swim lesson at a local aquatic center, he repeatedly warned his kids not to jump into the pool before the swim instructor arrived. But before he could undress in the locker room, six students were screaming, giggling, and frolicking in the pool. That’s when Newland lost it. "Out! Back on the bus, students were incensed. How do you turn something like that around? Newland went home defeated and angry, on the verge of quitting. "When you go in there this morning, tell the whole class you are going to do two things: First -- you are going to apologize to all those children you punished who didn't deserve to miss their swimming lesson. What is the underlying cause of the problem?
2 Awesome iPad Posters for your Students Are you using iPad with your younger grade students ? If yes, have you provided them a with guideline sheet on the acceptable use of this device in the classroom ? I am thinking you already did but Sandy has another smart idea.Knowing that she will go through a lot of shouting and headaches over the use of iPad with her elementary students, Sandy created an " acceptable Use Policy " poster and used it on her classroom rules board so students can refer back to it during the whole year. This poster features all the rules and guidelines her students need to abide by when using their iPad. Honestly, I am so much impressed by this idea and I liked how she planned her students use of iPad beforehand. Click here to download the poster. Here is her second Poster. click here to download it
Back to School Archive Check out these articles on everything from preparing for the first day to dealing with homework woes, coping as a new teacher and ensuring smooth sailing for substitute teachers. Be sure to explore our 12 volumes of icebreakers and first day of school activities that help students and teachers get to know each other. Icebreakers Archive | Classroom Icebreaker Activities Best of the IcebreakersVolume 1: Tell Me About You ActivitiesVolume 2: 14 Activities for the First Days of SchoolVolume 3: Engaging Activities for the First Days of SchoolVolume 4: Activities for the First Day of SchoolVolume 5: All-About-You Activities for the First Days of SchoolVolume 6: Get to Know Your Classmates ActivitiesVolume 7: Getting to Know One AnotherVolume 8: Who's in the Classroom?Volume 9: My Classmates and MeVolume 10: Back-to-School ActivitiesVolume 11: More Fresh Ideas for Opening DayVolume 12: Excellent Activities for Getting Students Warmed Up Fun Activities Get the School Year Off to a Good Start!
Motivating Learners Learning to communicate in another language takes a long time. It is one of the most challenging tasks your students are likely to undertake, and they can easily become discouraged and bored with it. This section presents techniques that language teachers can use to keep their students interested and motivated by helping them understand the language acquisition process, connect language learning with their larger educational and life goals, and succeed as language learners. A self-evaluation worksheet, available in pdf format, allows instructors to assess their current and potential motivation techniques. Section Contents Understanding Language Acquisition Promoting Engagement in Language Learning Achieving Success With Learning Strategies Resources Download the Motivating Learners section in pdf format
Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom Over the past two days, I have had the opportunity to visit nearly 300 classrooms at Grafton Public Schools. As I walk through classrooms to ensure that all technology pieces are working effectively and efficiently, I notice the way classroom management is happening. The one consistent element across grades K-12 is that active learning is taking place -- I notice all students involved or engaged in an activity. Occasionally, there is technology involved as well. But the key element in classroom management, whether using technology or not, is to ensure that students are actively participating in the learning process, not simply receiving it. What's Plan B? When you're integrating technology and designing a classroom management strategy, it's always best to think about the kind of scene that I just described and first focus on active learning. How will the technology or application I'm integrating help students grow in their learning? Keep It Smart and Simple Well, you don't have to.
Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom As you set up your classroom for the new school year, try spending a few minutes in your students' chairs. Are you comfortable? Now look closer: Will the seating arrangement invite conversations between students, or keep them isolated? Are whiteboards, laptops, and other tools for learning within reach for students, or reserved for the teacher? Veteran educators Dorothy M. Their book, Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn (Corwin, 2013), offers thoughtful advice, grounded in research and practice, that's worth considering throughout the school year. The authors' field-tested suggestions deserve special attention early in the year when you and your students have a fresh start on building a positive classroom culture. Supporting Student Voice and Collaboration If you're planning to give project-based learning (PBL) a try this year, you'll benefit from their suggestions to encourage student voice and collaboration -- key ingredients for effective PBL.
Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management Overview: Promoting Positive Behavior Dialogue circles are gatherings in which all participants sit in a circle facing each other to facilitate open, direct communication. Dialogue circles provide a safe, supportive space where all school community members can talk about sensitive topics, work through differences, and build consensus. At Glenview Elementary School, circles are part of a program called Restorative Justice, which is aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students. How it's done: Starting The Day on a Positive Note Dialogue Circles were put to use in classrooms at Glenview after the teachers had experience using the technique with their peers. After two years, the school experienced a discipline shift as staff worked together to address misbehavior through community-building instead of punishment. Check-In Circles Check-In circles are a great way to start the day by inviting students to share their feelings and listen to others. Peacemaking Circles