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August 30, 2014

Disorganized Classroom, Disastrous School Year

An organized classroom may not guarantee a successful year, but a disorganized classroom guarantees a disastrous year.

February 28, 2014

Bell to Bell Learning: Students' Right, Teachers' Duty

Making every minute count doesn't preclude student empowerment; it promotes it.

September 01, 2013

Fewer Rules, Better Schools

There's a difference between controlling your classroom and controlling students.

March 17, 2013

The Lesson Planning and Preparing Disconnect

Don't just plan lessons; prepare for them.

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.

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...

April 13, 2012

I'm Returning Your Tests, But Don't Look at Them

"I'm returning your tests, but don't look at them yet. Keep working on today's assignment." I've heard many teachers, including me, make requests like this, and then return students' tests--face down, of course. Yet rather than comply, students compare or complain. Compare scores: "I got an 85. Wh...

January 16, 2012

Stop Disciplining, Start Diagnosing

Doctors don't prescribe drugs or reach for a scalpel the moment a patient reports symptoms. Doctors diagnose first, and treat second. Coaches don't cut players from the team every time they're in a slump. Coaches determine what's wrong with a player's shot or swing or stroke, and then work with ...

December 17, 2011

'Tis the Season for Two Kinds of R & R

I couldn't have been more relieved when winter break arrived my first year as a teacher. Two weeks of R & R. No lessons to plan. No papers to grade. And most of all, no kids to clash with. My break got off to a blissful start. I slept late, worked out, and spent time with family and friends. But af...

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