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10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Management

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Management
By Jennifer Gonzalez You know the basics: Establish clear rules and consequences, be consistent, keep students engaged. But even with all that in place, the small things you do could be wreaking havoc on your whole system. Here are some habits you might have developed that are messing with your classroom management, along with more effective alternatives. 1. Smiling at the Wrong Times This was a big problem for me. Alternative: Make a conscious effort to hold a neutral, “on-task” facial expression when you need your class to be focused. 2. Addressing student misbehavior in a public way risks embarrassing the student, and if she is prone to being oppositional, she’s likely to talk back and dig herself into a deeper hole. Alternative: Whenever possible, address off-task behavior in private. Others just speak in a quiet voice by the student’s desk or call the student up to their own. 3. So many behavior problems start with students simply not understanding what they are supposed to do. 4. 5.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Virtual Field Trips | Edutopia The dog days of summer are upon us; now is the time when all the other activities have run out. Whether you're a parent looking to entertain bored, overheated children, or a teacher already brainstorming ways to break down the four walls of your classroom in the fall, how about taking a virtual field trip? As edtech writer Audrey Watters argues, real-life field trips offer enriching experiences that virtual ones can't, but resources are not always available for in-person trips. Besides -- virtual trips can take you places that wouldn't be logistically possible in the real world. I've gathered a playlist of videos to inspire your own virtual adventures! Video Playlist: Virtual Field Trips Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. More Resources for Exploring Virtually

Eva's Blog: Proud to be an EFL Teacher - Classroom Decor Hello Again! I am sure that everybody is getting ready for the new school year: planning, organizing and working on new materials, and preparing your welcome-back-to-school bulletin board. This year, I am lucky to be at a school that has a fairly decent English classroom, that all the English teachers share. The wonderful thing is that we are working together to create an inviting learning environment for our students, and we are planning to carry out some raise funding activities to buy all the things that we need. For starters, my colleagues and I will be working on the bulletin board and getting things organized there. As I was looking for ideas for the welcome-back-to-school bulletin board, I found beautiful and very creative BBs. Hope you find the pictures inspiring (they definitely inspired me (Click on the image to read how to create this BB). Another idea: There are also an awesome bulletin boards here That’s all for today (well, unless I find something intersting Eva

Creating Positive Learning Environments for a New School Year | Getting Smart I am a firm believer that respect and disrespect can both be felt. No. Scratch that. I don’t believe. I know. This truth is especially evident in today’s classrooms. So, before I and other educators (blessed with such important jobs) embark on another amazing school year, let’s review R.E.S.P.E.C.T. and seven verbs of a successful classroom. For starters, here is how respect looks…and feels. Remember In my humble opinion, some educators have forgotten how difficult life can be as a kid or a teenager. Growing up was certainly challenging for me, and I didn’t even have a powerful gadget in my hand 24/7 that connected me to the world and all my “friends” via social media. And who knows what goes on when some students return home? Yep, it is safe to say that we must remember our own successes and struggles as students, so we will never underestimate, overlook or waste our students’ potential. Sometimes a student like the one below is simply covered up by the same baggage we once discarded.

30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers Editor’s Note: We often look at the qualities and characteristics of good teaching and learning, including the recent following pieces: How A Good Teacher Becomes Great What You Owe Your Students Ten Secrets To Surviving As A Teacher The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment How To Be A Mediocre Teacher So it made sense to take a look at the characteristics of a successful educator, which Julie DuNeen does below. 25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently by Julie DuNeen If you ask a student what makes him or her successful in school, you probably won’t hear about some fantastic new book or video lecture series. What students take away from a successful education usually centers on a personal connection with a teacher who instilled passion and inspiration for their subject. Are teachers reaching their students? 1. How do you know if you are driving the right way when you are traveling somewhere new? 2. We can’t all be blessed with “epic” workdays all the time. 3. 4. 5.

27 Ideas For Students That Finish Their Work Early - 27 Ideas For Students That Finish Their Work Early by TeachThought Staff How to respond when students finish their work early is a classic teacher challenge. Most of it boils down to lesson design–creating learning opportunities where students are naturally funneled toward extending, improving, and sharing their work so that ‘stopping points’ are more of a matter of scheduling than learning itself. The following infographic via Mia MacMeekin provides some ideas for how to handle early finishers in the classroom. 1. TeachThought addendum: Given the right access to the right materials (a book, app, collaboration, audience, etc.), this could be a default/bare minimum ‘what to do if you finish early’ strategy 2. 3. 4. TeachThought addendum: Self-assessment is never a bad concept, provided students understand how to do so. See also 20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. TeachThought addendum: Many different maker projects would work here.

5 Questions You Should Ask Your Principal I was recently asked by a superintendent if I had some questions to ask his principals to start off the year. The questions I gave him were based on the following areas: Fostering Effective RelationshipsInstructional LeadershipEmbodying Visionary LeadershipDeveloping Leadership CapacityCreating Sustainable Change In my opinion, the principal is probably the most important job in an educational organization. Even though the questions were developed for superintendents to ask principals, I think that they should be questions any educator, parent, and even student should be able to openly ask their principal. 1. 2. 3. 4. Many leaders are scared about developing people and then having them leave. Again, great leaders develop more leaders. 5. The old notion is that teachers and students are accountable to a principal is one that is dying (thankfully).

27 Ways To Respond When Students Don't Pay Attention 27 Ways To Respond When Students Don’t Pay Attention Our initial reaction when seeing the following infographic from Mia MacMeekin was to think about instructional design rather than classroom management. That is, work backwards from a student-centered, inquiry-based, self-directed, and inherently personalized learning model where students, while plugged in to relevant digital and physical communities and working closely with mentors and peers, solved important and authentic problems through a mix of design, creativity, and macro critical thinking. Then we awoke from our naps, wiped the drool from our lips, and realized that for many teachers, the reality they face each day is very traditional: 1. Establish a learning target 2. 3. 4. So with that context in mind–and parallel to the related graphic 27 ways to check for understanding–is the following image: 27 Ways To Respond When Students Don’t Pay Attention. Check out Mia’s site and let her know what you think.

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