Why Principals Don’t Praise – Smart Classroom Management – Education Article

It’s not just you. Really, it isn’t. Many principals don’t praise anyone. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt when you’re ignored or your good work goes unnoticed. Whether you’re a veteran or brand-new teacher, everyone appreciates well-earned recognition. Everyone appreciates positive feedback. After all, it lets you know if you’re on the right track. Oh sure, they expect you to do it. They want to hear you praise everything that moves. But for them, it’s as if they lose…

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How To Handle Students Who Complain – Education Article

You pour your heart into your job. You love your students, even when they’re not so lovable. You plan and create interesting lessons and deliver them with energy. So when a student complains, often within full earshot of the class, it can be infuriating. Few things get under a teacher’s skin as deeply. “Why do we have to do this?” “This is sooo boring.” “Oh no, not that again.” It can take willpower not to reply with a sharp, “Because…

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How To Stop Your Class From Calling Out – Education Article

Maybe you haven’t been as consistent lately. Maybe you’ve lost a bit of control. Whatever the reason, it can sneak up on you quickly. Before you know it, so many students are calling out without raising their hand that it becomes impossible to enforce. Now you’re struggling just to get through lessons, and their behavior is becoming more brazen and disrespectful. So how do you fix it? You break them of the habit. Here’s how: 1. Have a rule. If…

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The Best Classroom Management Strategy For A Crazy Class – Education Article

No, your class isn’t terrible. They’re just silly, unfocused, excitable. In a word, crazy. It’s frustrating because you’ve been over your classroom management plan again and again. And they do get it. In fact, individually they’re great kids. It’s just, as a group they tend to get out of hand. They waste time and chat, and you struggle to get through lessons. This is a common scenario. You like your students, and at times they do really well—so you know…

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How To Fix A Talkative Class – Education Article

Unwanted talking is near the top of the list of teacher frustrations. Although not considered severe misbehavior, it can nonetheless severely disrupt learning. It can hijack listening, shatter concentration, and cause other students to join in as well. It’s a thorny issue—because it’s hard to know why it’s happening, what you’re doing wrong, and why none of the strategies you try seem to work. It can make you question whether stopping it is even possible. “Maybe I just have to…

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The Best Classical Music For The Classroom – Education Article

Classical music has many wonderful benefits for the classroom. Studies have shown that it can . . . reduce stress and anxiety improve memory increase productivity enhance concentration raise well-being spark creativity I like to put the music on as students are entering the classroom and carrying out their first routine of the day. It helps set the tone and puts them in the proper mindset for learning. It also has a strong calming effect and helps keep excitability at…

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How To Not Quit Teaching – Education Article

Four of every ten new teachers leave the profession within five years. That is a staggering number. It’s made all the more alarming given that teacher shortages in the US are expected to exceed 300,000 by 2020. Although low starting pay, large class sizes, and lack of autonomy are certainly factors . . . Most of the reasons for dissatisfaction are within the teacher’s control. That isn’t to say that it’s their fault. Teacher ed. programs do a terrible job…

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Why Allowing Your Students To Talk Can Be An Effective Classroom Management Strategy – Education Article

It’s common to assume that allowing students to talk to whomever they want about whatever they want is a bad thing. That it wastes time. That it gets them off track. That it riles them up and causes misbehavior. But when you decide when and how it’s done, it’s nothing of the sort. In fact, giving students a few minutes to stand, stretch their legs, and chat with a friend can be an effective classroom management strategy. Here’s why: It…

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How To Handle Students Who Question Your Classroom Management – Education Article

“Why do we have to raise our hands?” “Why can’t we talk in the hallway?” “Why do we have to do it like that.” It can feel, depending on their tone of voice, disrespectful. It can feel as if they’re trying to put you on the spot. Or make you squirm. It can feel as if they’re challenging your very authority. So when a student questions the way you manage your classroom—most often in front of the class—it can be…

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