First Day Of School
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My Plan For The First Day Of School

My first day of school is already next week! I am getting pretty excited about starting another year, but also quite nervous. One thing that has helped me prepare for the first day is to write out a detailed plan of my first lesson. Sometimes I even teach it to an empty classroom, just to… Continue reading My Plan For The First Day Of School

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Design Thinking
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An Introduction to Design Thinking

Design Thinking. What is it? What does it do for teachers? Why am I hearing about it? Can I do it? These questions - and more - will be answered in an upcoming short series of articles, linked below. An Introduction to Design Thinking The Design Framework Researching Planning Creating Reflecting I’ve been teaching design… Continue reading An Introduction to Design Thinking

Getting more from twitter.
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How Teachers Can Get More From Twitter

Thanks to user growth and books like Teach Like a PIRATE, Twitter has grown into a professional tool used by many educators. From tweet chats to networking, Twitter can be a dynamic support for teachers. If you have never used Twitter before, or if you are participating in a chat tonight, here are some insights… Continue reading How Teachers Can Get More From Twitter

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

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

Establishing Student Relationships
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Teaching Tip #17 – 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

Preparation is Prevention
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Teaching Tip #16 – 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

What should be on your board?
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Teaching Tip #15 – On The Board

Visible Information On The Board A white board, screen, smartboard, even a chalk board and projector - these are the places where some of the most important information in the classroom is located. Bellringers, expectations, and other information often cover these surfaces for students to read. What do you put on your boards? What should… Continue reading Teaching Tip #15 – On The Board