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
Start the School Year Off Right!
Classroom management is the number one concern for beginning teachers! Are you ready? Do you have an effective classroom management plan ready to implement in the upcoming school year? Read More
Effective Classroom Management: What’s the Point?
After working with tens of thousands of teachers in the area of classroom management, it has become apparent that people have limited and faulty mindsets about classroom management. Read More
Make the Most of Your Summer: Develop A Classroom Management Plan
This summer teachers will spend countless hours scouring Pinterest and other helpful teaching sites to find ideas for revising lesson plans and creating new units. However, it is essential not to forget about the importance of creating a classroom management plan for the upcoming school year!Read More
Differentiated Classroom Management: The Truly Differentiated Classroom
We must strive to individualize our instructional and classroom management approaches to give every student what he or she needs to be successful.Read More
Teacher or Zookeeper?
How would you complete the following prompt? Managing a classroom is like…Read More
Chicken or the Egg: Which Came First?
Which came first – the chicken or the egg? This age old question will never be answered. Similarly, the question of which comes first your educational beliefs or your practices will never be answered.Read More
Classroom Management: It’s More than a Bag of Tricks
Develop a bag of tricks. Don’t smile until Christmas. These are two of the most common pieces of advice passed from veteran to novice teacher with respect to classroom management. The mentality that classroom management is a bag of tricks is extremely prevalent in today’s classrooms. Read More
The Tipping Point
Should I or shouldn’t I start a blog? I have been struggling with that idea for a while. On one hand, I love to reflect! I love to learn! I love to write! However, on the other hand, I didn’t know if anyone would read it.Read More