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February 25, 2013

Lighter Classroom Atmosphere, Tighter Classroom Management

How a train whistle can improve classroom management and classroom atmosphere.

January 31, 2013

A Peaceful, Loving, and Productive Start of Class

Connect with kids and set a positive tone by greeting students as they enter class.

November 23, 2012

Meeting Students Where They Are--Emotionally

Educators need to not just meet kids where they are academically, but emotionally too.

August 20, 2012

New Year's Resolution: Classroom Procedures, Not Rules

For educators the new year begins September 1, which means the time for resolutions is now, not January. And here's a perfect resolution for those of you who spend a lot of time and energy establishing and enforcing classroom rules: stop doing this. Instead, provide students clear procedures that wi...

August 06, 2012

The Effect of Affect

Flipped instruction. Project-based learning. Cooperative groups. Mobile technology. Much of the discussion about effective teaching focuses on instructional tools and techniques, which makes sense since it's important to use the right methods at the right times in the right ways. And yet teachers w...

March 12, 2012

There Are No Stupid Questions, But...

It's fine to encourage students to speak up by telling them there are no stupid questions. Yet students' willingness to ask questions has less to do with us encouraging them to do so than how we respond when they actually do ask questions. Unfortunately, teachers often respond to questions in w...

February 18, 2012

My Best Teachers: Students

"Hello fellow teachers," a student said to a few colleagues and me as we walked down the hall. "Since when are you a teacher?" one of my colleagues replied. I was surprised by this response, and thought of Paulo Freire's belief that all of us are both students and teachers. I also thought of my st...

February 04, 2012

Maslow's Hierarchy Hits Home

In my first post on this blog, here's what I wrote about my early struggles as an urban teacher: 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...

December 10, 2011

Controlling Teacher, Out of Control Classroom

Great teachers maintain control of their classrooms. They do not, however, control their students. In fact, show me a teacher who tries to control students, and I'll show you a classroom that's out of control. One way many teachers try to control students is through disciplinary rules and punitive ...

December 03, 2011

Student Attitude Adjustment or Teacher Attention Adjustment?

Like a lot of teachers, I believed at first that attention-seeking students needed attitude adjustments. So when kids acted out, I not only punished them but also preached to them about changing their attitudes. But nothing changed until I concluded that the best way to modify someone else's behavio...

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