This is Part 3 of my crash course in how to have a smooth-running, amazing classroomwhere the children are really learning!
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After 25 years of teaching and observing new teachers, I have found that there are 5 steps that really good teachers use. Read More
In the previous post (Click here if you missed it) I shared the first step in having an amazing classroom where things run smoothly, you don’t have to worry about behavior problems, and the children are really learning! As a Professor of Education, I frequently work with new teachers who have used my 5-step Positive Classroom Method to create positive learning environments. Read More
You CAN have an amazing classroom where things run smoothly, you don’t have to worry about behavior problems, and the children are really learning! As a Professor of Education, I have had the opportunity for more than 20 years to mentor new teachers and provide professional development for experienced teachers. Read More
One of the best strategies to help children control their anger and calm down, rather than to hit, kick or scream, is the Turtle Technique.
This comes from the scripted social story, “Tucker Turtle,” that teaches children to act like a turtle by going in their “shell” and taking three breaths to calm down. Then they can think of a better way to act. Read More
The end of the school year brings excitement and often sadness. Celebrations and rituals can help young children prepare for the transition to summer. Here is a list of my favorite read aloud books for the end of the school year. Enjoy!
The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing. This rhyming book is written in the style of The Night Before Christmas. Read More
Are you plagued by tattling? This is a sign that you could use a better sense of community in your classroom. Here’s how to stop tattling it its tracks:
1. Teach “Tattling vs. Telling.” Carry out a lesson in which you role play the difference between tattling and telling. Use the sign and worksheet below for the children to practice distinguishing between these. Read More
Today I watched a science lesson in which the teacher had the children engaged, paying attention, and working hard. It was a pleasure to watch them learn and engage with the ideas that the teacher was sharing. How did she do it?
The main tool she used was a positive attitude. She was enjoying the subject, enjoying the children, and enjoying teaching. Read More
December can be a hard month in the classroom. With all the celebrations and stress of the season, you might find the children are misbehaving more. Here are 7 strategies that help you make it through the holidays with your sanity still intact.
#1 Slow Down.
The first strategy is to slow everything down. Leave extra time for your transitions and resist the urge to move kids along faster. Read More
Most teachers have at least one child who seems to need attention all the time. These children often use inappropriate behavior in order to get attention throughout the day. I’ve put together a 5-minute training video that outlines my 4-step planning for helping attention-seeking children. Read More
Looking for ways to help distracted and hyperactive children? Research is showing that focusing and body control are skills that can be taught to young
children. One of the strategies we can use are social stories that are designed to directly teach such skills. Here are some of my favorite books that work like social stories to present these skills to children. Read More