Classroom Management

The Worst Of Smart Classroom Management – Education Article

For the past several weeks, and as part of a new book I’m working on, I’ve been reading through the entire SCM archive of 560 articles. And I noticed something unusual. Every year or two there is an article that bombs. And not just a little, but spectacularly. As in a Charlie Brown whiff or the French at Agincourt. While even the least popular articles get shared via social media a couple hundred times or so, a few get a…

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How to Engage Kids in Distance Learning When They Disengage – Education Article

The last few weeks of school can be the hardest – even in a face to face classroom. Some teachers are finding that online, it is almost impossible.Are your grade books like Swiss Cheese? Are there kids who are just missing? Today, Mary Howard, a sixth-grade science teacher in New York, talks about how we can engage kids in distance learning. These are not easy times to teach but they are important times to teach. I’m here with you as…

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The Neuroscience Behind Why Kids Never Stop Moving – Education Article

Have you ever wondered why kids never stop moving? Suzanne Cresswell shares the neuroscience behind student’s need for movement. This is one of the most popular posts we’ve aired on the 10 minute teacher and right now is a great time to remember what we know about movement and student academic and physical growth. Sponsor: In today’s challenging times, we know how critical it is to make sure kids are equipped with social and emotional learning skills to cope with…

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Ending the school year virtually + crisis classroom closeout tips – Education Article

I want to share some thoughts about closing out your school year virtually, for those whose schools aren’t reopening this spring.  I’ll give you some virtual end-of-year activities to create closure for the year even when you can’t be face-to-face with your students. And, we’ll briefly cover the classroom closeout process. If you’re being given a few hours to get back in your room and prepare it for the summer shutdown, I have some ideas to help with that also. …

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5 Steps to Regain Control of Your Classroom with Linda Kardamis – Education Article

Is your classroom out of control? Are you struggling to teach but student behavior is getting in the way? Today, classroom management expert, Linda Kardamis gives us a place to start. Today’s Sponsor – Free Classroom Management Webinar: On Monday, March 16 at 8 pm learn from classroom management expert Linda Kardamis how to regain control of your classroom even this late in the school year. Go to coolcatteacher.com/getcontrol to learn more and sign up for this free webinar on classroom management. Linda…

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5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in your Classroom – Education Article

When the holiday season has ended but spring is nowhere in sight, the short winter days can seem incredibly long. And classrooms are not immune to the winter blues. These energy-boosting exercises could be exactly what you and your students need to feel refreshed and ready to tackle any new challenge. Get moving! Physical activity is not just for New Year’s resolutions; incorporating activity into your lesson plan helps wake up students no matter the time of day. Taking a…

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“Why Didn’t Anyone Help Me?” The Truth Behind Abused Teachers Who Took Matters Into Their Own Hands – Education Article

When the articles pop up on my timeline, I’m quick to click the link to each and every article that looks or sounds like this: “Teacher assaults student” “Educator and student fights” “Teacher fired after brawl with student” What I find to be interesting is that many, if not all of the teachers involved in the fight with their students, have reported incidents within their classrooms multiple times.  But where are those articles? Where are the news reports of teachers…

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Teaching High School In December: A Three-Point Survival Guide – Education Article

For high school students, the month of December has lost its luster. There is no belief in Santa, and the elf is missing from its shelf. Replacing the holiday excitement is a mature appreciation of scarcity and disparity.   Adolescents are a blend of intellect and naivety. Their eyes are opening to a world that they previously defined differently. They are struggling to find their place in this world, and they are under incredible stress to perform academically and socially.  December…

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A Few Ideas for Dealing with Late Work – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Learners Edge and Microsoft Teams This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   Most of my 9-week grading periods ended the same way: Me and one or two students, sitting in my quiet, empty classroom together, with me sitting at the computer, the students nearby in desks, methodically…

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Repairing Harm: A Better Alternative to Punishment – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein (transcript): Sponsored by Public Consulting Group and ViewSonic This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   When students behave in ways that are disruptive, when they do things that harm others, or when they otherwise make choices that go against established rules, schools often respond with punishment:…

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Record Video Directions and Maximize Your Minutes | – Education Article

Few things are more frustrating than repeating yourself over and over. Yet, many of the teachers I work with repeat the same information and directions multiple times in a lesson. Sometimes this is the result of students who are distracted or not paying attention. Sometimes a student walks into class late and needs to know what to do. Other times a student may need to hear the instructions again because they got started, hit a bump, and need clarification. Whatever…

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How to act (rather than react) and stop wasting class time when kids are off-task – Education Article

One of the frustrations that I think has been common to every teacher, in every location, across the history of time, is that of having your instruction interrupted by someone who’s not paying attention. And I lead with that, because I think it’s important to have the larger context: Students being off-task is not a problem that is unique to you, caused solely because of you, or that you can ever solve 100%. There is no classroom in which every…

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Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday @coolcatteacher – Education Article

So many kids struggle, especially in summer school. Popular author, Dr. Barbara Blackburn, gives us some tips to start summer school or any school year in a way to help struggling learners set goals. This must-listen episode will give you ideas for having a great summer as well. Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.…

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Tech Ed Resources–Mentoring and Online Classes – Education Article

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year,…

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Motivating Struggling Learners in Summer School and in Class Everyday @coolcatteacher – Education Article

So many kids struggle, especially in summer school. Popular author, Dr. Barbara Blackburn, gives us some tips to start summer school or any school year in a way to help struggling learners set goals. This must-listen episode will give you ideas for having a great summer as well. Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom.…

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5 Easy Brain Breaks for Your Classroom @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Want to help students learn and be more refreshed? Students need breaks too. That is why brain breaks are becoming so popular. Teacher Rob Donatelli @DTown_MrD talks about the brain breaks phenomenon. Then, Rob gives teachers five ideas he uses in his classroom for brain breaks. Take a brain break today! Urkund: Today’s Sponsor Urkund is great as a plagiarism prevention tool and connects with most common Learning Management Systems like Google Classroom, Moodle, and Canvas or as a stand-alone web…

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