How To Handle Students Who Push Your Buttons

How To Handle Students Who Push Your Buttons

Maybe it’s the way they interrupt you. Maybe it’s their disrespectful tone. Maybe it’s their silliness or side-talking or affinity for misbehaving at the worst possible time. Whatever it is, it bugs you. It gets under your skin. It prompts an internal dialogue you’re not very proud of. If you’re like most teachers, you tend […]

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How To Handle Misbehavior With Your Substitute

How To Handle Misbehavior With Your Substitute

Getting a bad report from your substitute can be especially frustrating. You weren’t there. You didn’t witness the misbehavior. It shouldn’t be your responsibility. But you know you can’t just let it slide. Otherwise, it will be worse the next time and may even carryover to your day. The problem, however, is that it’s hard […]

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3 Hidden Signs You've Lost Control Of Your Class

3 Hidden Signs You’ve Lost Control Of Your Class

Most teachers who have lost control of their class aren’t even aware of it. After all, it’s not as if their students are throwing spit wads at each other. They’re not out of their seats during lessons. They’re not yelling and cursing and running up and down the aisles. But just because your students aren’t […]

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How To Handle Sloppy Routines

How To Handle Sloppy Routines As The School Year Winds Down

At this time of year it isn’t unusual for routines to become sloppy. Your students, after all, are growing tired of the grind. The pressures of testing weigh heavily. Morning songbirds remind them that summer is near. Despite faithfully following the do-it-again strategy, your students just aren’t as sharp as they once were. They take […]

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The Easiest Way To Improve Classroom Behavior

The Easiest Way To Improve Classroom Behavior

The easiest way to improve classroom behavior is one few teachers ever consider. It’s at once blatantly obvious and far off the grid. You won’t find it in modern professional books and are unlikely to hear about it at conferences. Yet, it’s as plain as day and works every time. It doesn’t entail making drastic […]

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Why You Should Never Use Reflection Forms

Why You Should Never Use Reflection Forms

Reflection forms have been around forever. And at first glance, they appear to be a good idea. Dig a little deeper, though, and they tell a different story. The way they work is that when a student is sent to time-out, they’re handed a form to fill out. The form consists of a few questions […]

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A Simple Way To Improve Student Talk

A Simple Way To Improve Student Talk

Are you having trouble getting your students engaged in quality discussions? You’re not alone. We frequently hear from teachers who struggle in this area. Given the growing emphasis on student talk, this is no small problem. Your students’ ability to communicate has suddenly become a reflection of your teaching. This realization has made teachers more […]

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