Teaching Procedures

Teaching Procedures

  • 5 Tips for Managing Learning Centers

    5 Tips for Managing Learning Centers

              Do you avoid using learning centers? Or struggle to get the children to work independently? Wish the children stayed on task better? You’re not alone. Managing centers or work stations can be quite complicated but today I’ll share some tips for making things go more smoothly:

    1. Plan the Structure. Read More

  • Ooh, Ooh, Call on Me! 5 Alternatives to Hand Raising

    Ooh, Ooh, Call on Me! 5 Alternatives to Hand Raising

    Do you need some ideas to jazz up your teaching and get the children more engaged after the long winter doldrums have set in? Here are 5 effective ways to make your group times more interesting and engaging?
    #1. Turn and Talk
    This strategy works very well for language arts lessons. Read More

  • WOW! My Visit to North Star Charter School

    WOW! My Visit to North Star Charter School

           I just recently started supervising a student teacher at North Start Charter School in Newark NJ. What an amazing experience. I had read a great deal about Uncommon Schools who runs the charter school and their effective teaching and classroom management techniques so I was excited to observe a classroom. Read More

  • First Weeks of School: Developing Rules

    First Weeks of School: Developing Rules

              Rules are important in any social context. In classrooms, it’s helpful to distinguish between “rules” which relate to appropriate behaviors all the time, and “procedures” which related to specific behaviors in specific contexts. Read More

  • Stop the Stoplights!

    Stop the Stoplights!

             With school starting up again, I’m sure to see more of the latest behavioral management fad: Large stoplights in which the children’s names start out on green, then move to yellow and red for behavioral infractions. These are used with good intentions, of course, but fail miserably to improve children’s behaviors. Read More

  • First Weeks of School – Teaching Procedures

    First Weeks of School – Teaching Procedures

    The first weeks of school are upon us and this is the most important time to establish positive classroom management. I’d encourage you to think about all the specific procedures that the children need to know in order to get along throughout the day. Read More

  • Daily Routines

    Daily Routines

    I love summer with its more flexible routines, but at times I also feel too adrift. This got me thinking about how we often resist routines even though we –and children– can benefit from them so much. Routines are important in classrooms for two reasons: psychological comfort, and mental efficiency. Read More

  • Quiet Signal

    Quiet Signal

    I visit many classrooms in my job supervising student teachers. One of the first things I noticed is that the chaotic classrooms have no consistent way to get the children’s attention. I like to think of this as a rookie mistake! Creating a quiet signal is a simple, easy to implement strategy that will give you great payoff. Read More