September 2010 Archives

Coach G offers a clever yet simple solution to the age-old challenge of getting students to show their work in math (and other) classes.

David Ginsburg describes how a routine stop at a grocery store inspired "the best thing I ever did for classroom culture."

David Ginsburg shares rules for establishing rules so that they have a positive effect on classroom culture and efficiency.

David Ginsburg shares a more sensitive and effective response to students sleeping in class than his previous responses, which alienated students and agitated his boss.

Instructional coach David Ginsburg shares three exceptions to his recent assertion that most classroom disciplinary rules are unnecessary.

An unconventional but practical solution to a common classroom management and organization problem.

An outside-the-box but effective approach toward preventing profanity in the classroom.

Why classroom disciplinary rules are often counterproductive and unnecessary.

Welcome to my blog, where I'll be sharing practical insights, strategies, and resources that have contributed to classroom success for me and teachers I've coached--our failures included, since it's often what doesn't work in the classroom that gives rise to what does work. And indeed almost nothing worked for me as a first-year Chicago Public Schools teacher in 1993. Just six weeks in, and with my classroom already up for grabs, insult and injury came when I was decked by a stray elbow while trying to break up a fight in class. As it turned out, though, this physical blow ...


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