Teaching Tip # 21 – Cultural Behavior

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

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 Tip # 20 – First Response to Misbehavior

Student 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

Teaching Tip # 19 – Restoring Student Relationships

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

Teaching Tip #18 – Maintaining Student Relationships

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

Teaching Tip #17 – Establishing Student Relationships

Establishing Student Relationships

Establishing Student Relationships with Classroom Strategies In the previous teaching tip, classroom management was discussed through a preventive lens, specifically identifying details in a classroom lesson that could lead to behavior management issues. Another effective way to be proactive and prevent inappropriate behaviors in the classroom is by establishing student relationships. The next three teaching … Continue reading Teaching Tip #17 – Establishing Student Relationships

Teaching Tip #16 – Preparation is Prevention

Preparation is Prevention

Using Preparation to Prevent Management Issues Classroom management is one of the most challenging areas that new teachers face in the classroom. Too many new teachers enter their first year of teaching without extensive time booked in front of the classroom. Management strategies are implemented most skillfully by those who have experience. And so, many … Continue reading Teaching Tip #16 – Preparation is Prevention

Teaching Tip # 14 – Higher Level Questioning

Using Bloom's and Costa's while questioning your students.

Using Bloom's Taxonomy and Costa's Levels of Inquiry Throughout instructional time, you may find your students are arriving at “right answers”. Your students may have the ability to answer questions, but how do you know if they have mastered the content? How can you use questioning to stretch the thinking of your students to much … Continue reading Teaching Tip # 14 – Higher Level Questioning

Teaching Tip # 13 – Group Roles

Assigning group roles in class.

Quality Collaboration Strategies Designing group work that allows for quality collaboration is a challenging task. Many teachers rely on how they were taught, where each student has a specific role such as time-keeper, or note-taker. The book Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom by Elizabeth G. Cohen explores group roles, how these roles can … Continue reading Teaching Tip # 13 – Group Roles

Teaching Tip # 12 – Management with Proximity

Management with the use of proximity.

Redirection Without Vocalization One of the simplest forms of management is the use of proximity - using the distance between you and your students to remind or redirect behavior in the classroom. Proximity can be very effective when managing simple mistakes students make in the classroom. For example, if a student is talking during a … Continue reading Teaching Tip # 12 – Management with Proximity