The 5-Second Solution for a Talkative Class
When I observe teachers, I see one small, specific problem more often than anything else. If they fixed it, they would notice an instant difference in how well their classes go.
Book Review: The Best-Kept Teaching Secret
Things have gotten awfully complicated and contentious in education lately. This friendly, easy-to-read book offers something we’re all looking for these days: simple ideas with big impact.
Overwhelmed? Do 5 Things.
At this time of year, feeling out-of-control busy is the status quo for everyone I talk to. So I thought I’d share a little trick I use to ease that feeling of wanting to crawl in bed and never come out again.
Are You Broadcasting on Too Many Channels?
Asking students to read one thing and listen to another is asking the impossible.
Notebooks for Classroom Management, Part 2
Earlier this month, we looked at a simple way to use a notebook to settle an out-of-control classroom…or an out-of-control teacher. Now here’s part 2, where the notebook is elevated to a more systematic, proactive tool for recording student behavior.
The Fisheye Syndrome: Is Every Student Really Participating?
To those afflicted with Fisheye, some students appear “larger” than others, grabbing more of our attention and making the others fade into the periphery.
Notebooks for Classroom Management, Part 1
Even if you’ve been teaching a while, you might still experience moments when all of your classroom management tools stop working. This one cheap, quick strategy, using a simple blank notebook, can help you regain control in under a minute.
Classroom Downtime: How Do You Make it Happen?
Are there more creative ways, besides movies, to keep kids minds engaged AND get a little time back for ourselves?
Book Review: How to Talk So Kids Can Learn
If I could only choose one book to put into the hands of teachers, it would be this one. With specific instructions and clear examples, the authors walk us through the small, important changes we can make in the way we talk to students of all ages.