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
Transitions are at the heart of classroom management. In the beginning of the school year, it’s important to teach each procedure you will need throughout the day to help the children move smoothly. Here are some strategies to get you started:
1. Use a quiet signal.
You must have a way to quickly get the children’s attention. Use a pleasant sound, like a chime, or flick the lights. Read More
Welcome, teachers, to a new school year!For those of you who are looking for some inspiration or tips for starting the new year, here are some articles from The Positive Classroom:
Getting Ready for the Start of School: Part I: 8 Things to Consider in Setting up Your Room
Part II: Why Some Teachers Have Smooth-Running Classrooms
Part II: How to Build Community and Bully-Proof Your Classroom
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Children need time to do independent work, but they won’t all need to same amount of time to complete it. Experienced teachers know that it’s important to have planned activities for when children are finished with their work AND to teach them the procedures to use when they are done.
Here is an example of procedures:
Double-check your work. Read More
Young children are notorious for being distracted and emotionally intense. Our work as teachers (or parents) of young children is very challenging – especially working with so many children together in the classroom. Read More
On Martin Luther King Day, it’s a great time to think about peace, harmony, and community. Our classrooms can be a haven for children to learn how to get along with others, even when people are different from us. Here are some guidelines from the original edition of the Anti-Bias Handbook:1. Help each child nurture his or her self-concept and identity2. Read More
Today, I am sharing a wonderful post by Ann-Bailey, one of the bloggers at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Reality 101. This brought tears of joy to my eyes and I hope you enjoy this wonderful story during the holidays!
Ann-Bailey: What students teach us about community & differences
The other day one of my kindergarten friends had a birthday. Read More