Classroom Management

Putting the S in PBIS – Education Article

Almost 26,000 schools across the U.S. are implementing Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS).  A central characteristic of this Department of Education-funded initiative is customization.  There is no one “right way” to implement PBIS and implementation is likely to differ across systems, schools and even individual classrooms.  Intervention tiers are built around the principles of operant conditioning and the notion that desirable behavior, like academics, can and should be taught. As a 20-year veteran elementary educator, I’d say that classroom…

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Time to Take a Look at Your Dress Code – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Coshandra Dillard and Marcus Campbell (transcript): Sponsored by Listenwise and OneNote Class Notebook   A couple months ago, I saw two different news stories that broke my heart. Both were about dreadlocks. The first story was about Andrew Johnson, a high school wrestler in New Jersey who wore his hair in cheekbone-length dreadlocks. Moments before Johnson was about to go to the mat for a match, the referee told him he wouldn’t be allowed to…

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Purpose Driven Learning: Myths, Problems, and Education Applications – Education Article

Purpose Driven Learning (or PDL) is a concept coined by Michael Matera and Adam Moreno to summarize the philosophy that each learner’s inner strengths can be unlocked by focusing with purpose and drive. By following the guidelines for Purpose Driven Learning, teachers avoid the biggest pitfall in many lesson plans  — that they are theoretic without meaning in the real world. With PDL, resources are relevant, lessons are personalized, and real-life connections are placed under a bright light. In the end, learning…

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The Easy Way to Teach Internet Skills – Education Article

Education used to focus on the 3 R’s — reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. Without a doubt, those remain critical subjects but these days, they are just the beginning. What about history (because those who don’t understand history are forced to repeat it) and civics (so we understand how government works)? And the STEAM subjects — science, technology, engineering, arts, and math? No wonder it takes eight hours a day — and more — to learn what is required to thrive…

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A crash course on trauma-informed teaching – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast, I’m giving you an overview of and a solid foundation for understanding trauma-informed teaching practices. You’ll learn ways that trauma impacts students and what we can do to support kids without carrying the weight of that trauma ourselves. I’ll also provide specific dos and don’ts to make it easier to navigate this in your classroom.  Trauma-informed teaching is not a curriculum, set of prescribed strategies, or something you need to “add to your plate.”…

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Effective Engagement Focuses on Getting Students to Care – Education Article

It’s vital that we give purpose to what the students must learn. Let’s face it: Learning something because it’s on a test, or because it’s in the text book, isn’t purpose. But when you connect what they are learning to the world outside of school, you create your “in.” And engaging students doesn’t require doing a soft-shoe or stand-up comedy in front of a brick wall. Engaging students isn’t about entertainment. It’s about focusing on how to get students to…

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Always feel rushed in class? How to let go of the GOOD to make time for the GREAT – Education Article

In this episode of the Truth for Teachers podcast, we’re talking about how to let go of the good so you can make time for the great. So many teachers who feel like there’s nothing they can eliminate from their schedule are only looking for things that are obviously bad and a total waste of time. But fewer things better is about realizing you won’t have time for all the good things, and some of those will have to be…

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How to keep overbearing, micromanaging parents from stressing you out as a teacher – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: How to deal with difficult parents as a teacher. Overbearing and micromanaging parents can be incredibly stressful to work with, so here are some mindset shifts that will help protect your energy. Today’s episode is in response to a listener question I received. (Submit your question for the podcast here!) This listener wrote in on behalf of her colleagues: I’m hoping that you can answer these questions: “How do I stop focusing…

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What’s considered “enough” lesson support to help kids be successful? – Education Article

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast, you’ll hear a coaching call where I’m exploring the issue of whether a teacher can ever feel like s/he’s offered “enough” learning support and re-teaching. The questions of What is enough? Am I doing enough? tend to weigh perpetually on teachers. I think it’s really hard to find the answer because no one wants to be accused of giving teachers permission to do less or imply they should give up on kids.…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Urban Education Mixtape – Education Article

It’s that time of year again. It’s the time of year that falls between the holiday season and spring break. It’s that time of the year where the prescribed off days are few. It’s that time of the year where children begin to feel restless, the calendar seems to stand still and the adults are starting to lose their patience. It’s that time of the year where the realization of the end of year failures for specific students grows stronger.…

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How Is Cloud Computing Revolutionizing the Education Industry? – Education Article

When I started teaching, syncing work between school and home was impossible. Completing homework required either printing it and bringing it in as paper or–well, nothing. There was no way to get it into a student school drive from home.  Thanks to cloud computing, that nightmare is over. Cristopher Burge who runs the website Cloud Storage Advice, has a great rundown on how cloud computing has revolutionized education: *** The concept of cloud computing saw its beginnings in the educational sector ever since…

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The Heart Garden: Character Education With Heart – Education Article

This post originally appeared on the blog, Mrs. Beattie’s Classroom. In my classroom, we don’t fill imaginary buckets. We tend and cultivate and nurture self-esteem and confidence and positive attitudes. We grow Heart Gardens.   Early in the school year, we compare our self-esteem to a growing plant. A plant that is watered and looked after flourishes in the same way a person who is treated kindly and with respect will flourish. We are very like plants in this way.…

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Behaviour Management for NQTs: Term 2 – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can you improve your behaviour management skills? Getting to know your students is THE most important aspect of behaviour management and is the foundation for the relationship and rapport you build. Hopefully, now that you are one term in with your own classes you are starting to see your students as individuals, both in a positive, and perhaps negative light. This is the perfect time to really invest some energy into getting to know your students…

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Never Yell and Other Classroom Management Secrets from a Pro Teacher – Education Article

Classroom management is a challenge for many teachers. Stacey Corrigan talks about how she manages her classroom. From transitions to handling disruptions, Stacey talks about the 20+ year classroom journey. She even shares the mistakes she has made and how she tries to help teachers not make those same mistakes. This is a refreshing way to start 2019 with perspective on the struggles all of us teachers face. Listen to the Show Stacey Corrigan Stacey is a picture book author…

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My 3 Student Expectations This Year For My Digital Heroes and a Free Handout! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

I recently finished two weeks of intense teacher training. I enjoyed what my district coach had to say when it came to classroom rules. She only has one expectation, which is be respectful and that covers pretty much everything when you think about it. I took this idea and decided on 3 expectations. I love this idea, because I teach 440 elementary students and in charge of the technology curriculum for 640. From experience, I know they can’t remember every…

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Starting a Teaching Job Mid-Year – Education Article

For teachers, starting in a new class in January requires a unique kind of pre-planning. You’re stepping in mid-year (for any number of reasons, some of which you may not find out until after your in the job) and you have completely different challenges to face than a teacher starting in August or September. Here are a few classroom management tips to help you make a smooth transition into your new classroom: Learn your students names- immediately. This one goes…

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Breaking Lock Step Test Prep @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Jerry Blumengarten has been working with schools for years. But when his local schools in Florida where he has retired have turned away his free offer of help because they have no time, Jerry fights back by talking about how we need to break this “Lockstep Test Prep” mentality. This episode will make you think. Listen to Jerry Blumengarten Jerry Blumengarten Bio as Submitted I am a constant learner, educator, writer and speaker. My PLN provides great links for Cybrary…

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Designing Mindfulness Interventions for Student Well-Being – Education Article

Designing the Mindfulness Intervention The interventions followed the Still Quiet Place (SQP) curriculum (Saltzman, 2014), which offers ‘young people most of the foundational elements of the standard adult Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, detailed in Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Saltzman, 2014). Due to a narrow attention span of young people and limits in school schedules, there are important adaptations to the nine-session adult MBSR and the eight-week SQP curriculum: The guided practices usually last only 10 to 25…

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Virtual Reality Protocols for the Classroom @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Virtual reality (VR) in the classroom isn’t just a headset you grab and start using. As many educators start using virtual reality, they are discovering the issues relating to classroom management, safety, and good health that should impact how we use these devices. #ARVRinEDU chat founder, Jaime Donally talks with me (Vicki Davis) about Virtual Reality Protocols for the classroom. Some of the tips and advice included in this series on virtual reality. Listen to the Virtual Reality Protocol Series…

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