Class Management

Energizers!

March 15, 2012
Energizers!

Teaching Tip {And-It’s-Not-Even-a-Tuesday}:  Energizers. Looking for some fresh ideas for classroom energizers?  Need an activity that refocuses your students and provides a fun way to get out some of that extra energy that seems to be coming between them and their math problems? Consider the following several ideas from an excellent resource called Responsive Classroom. [...]

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My Classroom Management Approach in Action (Part 2)

March 9, 2012

Under the approach I mentioned in Part 1 of this post, rather than administer rewards and punishments to control student behavior, I need to bring my kids together, much as a basketball coach does during a time-out. I need to call attention to what I see happening, explain why I believe that behavior to be [...]

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My Classroom Management Approach in Action (Part 1)

March 9, 2012

A Note from the Editor:  This is an exciting time for our contributor, Steve Reifman. Steve has two new books coming out this month. Chase Against Time, the first installment in his Chase Manning Mystery Series for readers 8-12, comes out March 15th. Each book in the series features a single-day, real-time mystery thriller that occurs [...]

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Teaching Tip Tuesday: How to Organize a Teacher’s Desk

March 6, 2012
Teaching Tip Tuesday: How to Organize a Teacher’s Desk

Organization is important to effectiveness in the classroom, and there’s no place that seems to gather the mess like a teacher’s desk. Pens and broken pencils. A parent’s note that came with Johnny last Tuesday. A flier about the upcoming bake sale. Lesson plans and worksheet copies. And piles of this. And piles of that. [...]

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Having Students Do Their Own Classroom Management

February 23, 2012
Having Students Do Their Own Classroom Management

We talk lots about positive classroom management around My Teachers Lounge, because, let’s face it, if your classroom is out of control, then learning becomes about as fictional as a flying unicorn. And so often, our default as teachers {and as parents!} is to LECTURE when the class begins to spiral into bad behavior. We [...]

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Classroom Management That Works

February 6, 2012

One of the first things I learned in my first year of teaching is that I had to find a classroom management style that I was comfortable with. I learned very quickly that my students didn’t seem to be aware that sometimes I have no idea what I am doing. I know. The horror. However, [...]

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Teaching Tips Tuesday {Stop the Nag. Ask the Question.}

January 31, 2012

Do you feel like you have slowly become a teacher that nags?  A teacher that lectures more than a Harvard University professor? An educator that ends up harping more than cheerleading? I get it. In parenting and in teaching, it’s so easy to become the Character Cheetah without even realizing it — pouncing on the [...]

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Teaching Tip Tuesday

January 9, 2012

In an effort to make Inspired Teacher a practical site to really encourage educators in more than theory-only, we are launching a new weekly feature here called Teaching Tip Tuesday. On Tuesdays, we will be hosting a link-up party where bloggers and teachers can post links to their favorite teaching tips. We are going for [...]

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The Gift of Sincere Compliments

December 12, 2011

In eighth grade, I begged my mom to put me in another school. I was a country girl plopped down in a city school. I wore sweatshirts, and they wore Guess. I laced-up scuffed Reeboks, and they sported sparkling Keds. I played Madonna again and again, and they jammed out to the Beastie Boys. I [...]

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Have We Killed Creativity in our Classrooms?

November 29, 2011
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I got frustrated with my daughter today because she was spending so much of our schooling time, being creative. She was enjoying drawing and coloring a detailed illustration instead of editing the sentences that described it. And, while I didn’t realize it at the moment, I was essentially asking her to ignore the desire to [...]

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