Musings of a classroom management guru, teacher and parent.

Prevention: The Heart of Effective Classroom Management

The new school year is well under way and classroom management continues to be a top concern for teachers. However, I find it problematic that the majority of conversations about classroom management focus primarily on what type of system (such as Class Dojo) that teachers plan to use to control students’ behavior or to punish students after misbehavior has occurred. Read More 

The Hidden Cost of Rewards – Part I

My son recently came home with a form explaining a new program in which his school is participating. If students read for 6 hours, they can earn free passes to a popular amusement park in the area. Some parents were excited about this opportunity. However, I was less then thrilled, and we elected not to participate.Read More 

Meet Dr. Tracey Garrett

Dr. Tracey Garrett

Dr. Tracey Garrett is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Rider University in New Jersey and was recently awarded the University Distinguished Teaching Award. She earned her Ed.D. in elementary and early childhood education with a specialization in classroom management from The Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She is also a former elementary teacher with experience teaching at the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade level. Tracey’s unique combination of classroom management knowledge and 24 years of practical experience allows her to successfully facilitate teacher growth.

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