Summer Reflection
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My Summer Reflection

Around this time each summer, I write a summer reflection on my teaching career, and what my goals are for the upcoming year. Usually I do this in my personal notebook, but this year I decided I would publish mine here - mostly, to encourage others to do so. I’ve found it to be a… Continue reading My Summer Reflection

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Student misbehavior may instead be cultural behavior used at an inappropriate time.
Teaching Tips

Teaching Tip # 21 – Cultural Behavior

Inappropriate and Cultural Behavior Despite preventative practices in the classroom, students will eventually misbehave, requiring a response from the teacher. Sometimes teachers can easily make a mistake and attribute student behavior as negative. Instead, it may be cultural behavior. Cultural behavior is behavior driven by culture, rather than work avoidance, trauma, or something else. We… Continue reading Teaching Tip # 21 – Cultural Behavior

Teaching Appropriate Use of Smartphones
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Smartphones – The Importance of Appropriate Use

Preventing the Apology A recent article has been making the rounds on social media and other education communities. The article, linked here, makes a bold claim - that educators must ban smartphones, to save our future. The author makes the argument that use of apps and social media can be addictive and unhealthy. While this… Continue reading Smartphones – The Importance of Appropriate Use

Student Misbehavior
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Teaching Tip # 20 – First Response to Misbehavior

Establishing classroom procedures, building relationships with students, thinking about the details of a lesson - all these practices are important in preventing misbehavior in the classroom. But if there is one truth in education, it is this: At some point, a student will make a behavioral mistake. What will be your first response to misbehavior?… Continue reading Teaching Tip # 20 – First Response to Misbehavior

Restoring Student Relationships
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Teaching Tip # 19 – Restoring Student Relationships

Strategies: Restoring Student Relationships One very effective way to be proactive and prevent inappropriate behaviors in the classroom is by establishing student relationships. Clay Cook, a researcher at the University of Minnesota, describes this in three phases of relationship building, which is what these tips are based on. This series of teaching tips will discuss:… Continue reading Teaching Tip # 19 – Restoring Student Relationships

Maintaining Student Relationships
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Teaching Tip #18 – Maintaining Student Relationships

Strategies: Maintaining Student Relationships One very effective way to be proactive and prevent inappropriate behaviors in the classroom is by establishing student relationships. Clay Cook, a researcher at the University of Minnesota, describes this in three phases of relationship building, which is what these tips are based on. This series of teaching tips will discuss:… Continue reading Teaching Tip #18 – Maintaining Student Relationships