Is Raising Your Voice An Effective Classroom Management Strategy?

Is Raising Your Voice An Effective Classroom Management Strategy?

Stroll through virtually any school and you’ll hear teacher voices spilling out into the hallways. You’ll hear them echoing above the clatter of their classrooms. You’ll hear them correcting and admonishing, directing and demanding for attention. If it were an office building, library, or museum, it would seem out of place, absurd, even ridiculous. But […]

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The Worst Mistake A Teacher Can Make

The Worst Mistake A Teacher Can Make

The parents don’t care. You work in a tough neighborhood. You get no support from administration. Your students have no accountability at home. You have Chase or Karla or Anthony in your class this year. You had a sub yesterday. Your class size is too big. Your room is too small. You have too many […]

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Are You Focusing On The Wrong Students?

Are You Focusing On The Wrong Students?

Ask a struggling teacher how their class is going and they’ll inevitably bring up one or two students who take up much of their time. They’ll lament the disruptions and the battles. They’ll tell horror stories of incidents past. They’ll share how they’ve tried everything under the sun and yet nothing works. Undoubtedly, if you […]

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Do You Need Proff to Hold students Accountable?

Do You Need “Proof” To Hold Students Accountable?

It’s not often I’m surprised by an email. But a couple years ago I received one from a teacher who wouldn’t hold students accountable unless he had what he described as “proof.” Unless he had witnesses to back him up, or an outright admission from the offender, then he felt he had to let the […]

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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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