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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What Effective Classroom Management Really Means

What Effective Classroom Management Really Means

For many teachers, effective classroom management brings to mind an image of a silent, somber environment. They hear the term and think . . . restricting, confining, constraining. They think it means to be a rigid disciplinarian who forces students to behave against their will. So when an administrator makes a remark about the behavior […]

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How To Motivate Unmotivated Students

How To Motivate Unmotivated Students

You praise. You encourage. You pep-talk, demand, and implore. But nothing seems to change. Trying and failing to motivate unmotivated students is a common frustration among teachers. It’s a frustration with seemingly no real answers beyond the same old, same old. Until today. Because I’m going to share with you a reliable way to begin […]

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Class-Clown Disruptions And Disrespect

How To Handle Class-Clown Disruptions And Disrespect

There is nothing wrong with a class clown. In fact, students gifted with a clever sense of humor can be a wonderful asset to your classroom. They can be another ingredient in the mix that helps you create a learning environment students love being part of. The truth is, the most effective classrooms laugh. They […]

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