Archive | Procedures & Routines

How To Handle A Student Who Habitually Calls Out

This week’s article is in response to a cavalcade of questions regarding one of the most frustrating classroom management issues. Namely, how do you deal with a student who, despite receiving consequence after consequence, continues to call out in class? Before we get to the solution, it’s important to note that there are times during […]

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How To Give A Reminder That Improves Behavior

Last week we showed how giving reminders after misbehavior is a mistake. Holding your students accountable is a much better option, resulting in improved listening, better behavior, and greater urgency in following your directions. But here’s the thing. If you aren’t clear about what you want from your students, if they’re even slightly unsure of […]

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How To Teach Routines

Anything you ask your students to do repeatedly should be made into a routine. For example, whenever your students enter your classroom, transition from one activity to the next, or line up for recess, they should do so in the same efficient manner. The reason, simply put, is that routines save learning time. They also […]

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How To Stop Misbehavior Before It Starts

Can you tell when you’re going to have a bad day? Can you sense an unhealthy energy rising up in your students or a disquieting buzz you just can’t place? Do you know it the minute your students walk into your classroom? Maybe it’s in the chatter and clang of the morning routine or the […]

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What To Do When Students Ignore Your Instructions

It happens for no apparent reason. You send your students off to recess and a troop of Howler Monkeys returns. Or a visit to the library turns into an embarrassment of unruliness and misbehavior. It could be a direction you just gave your students or a routine they’ve been doing for months. Whatever the case, […]

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How To End Each Day On The Right Classroom Management Foot

It’s easy to get careless with classroom management during the last ten or fifteen minutes of the school day. This is why it’s so common to see misbehavior at dismissal—swinging backpacks, chasing, shouting, pushing, roughhousing…students wound up and tuned out, oblivious to your warnings and exhortations. The problem with this, beyond the immediate chaos and […]

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