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If you struggle with classroom management no matter how many different strategies you try, there’s a good chance you might be doing something to get in your own way. In this post I wrote for MiddleWeb, I explain how each one of these teacher mistakes can cause problems for you, and what you can do instead.

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4 Comments

  1. Christopher Miller says:

    You can add “write kids up” to the list. As an experiment and personal goal, I made zero discipline referrals this year. And because of that, I haven’t had to make any discipline referrals. It’s oddly circular and quite refreshing.

  2. Victoria says:

    thanks i will stop doing some of the things in the article.

  3. Deb Oosterhart says:

    I teach preschool four and fives… we have a “rest time” but the children don’t settle down and are not quiet. What suggestions do you have?

    • This isn’t my area of expertise, but I had a chance to sub for a pre-school class one summer and here are some things that took place before I arrived and it seemed to work well. It’s not really different from what we’d do with other age groups. Routines, procedures, and expectations were clearly established, taught step-by-step, modeled as often as needed, and practiced a lot … from the onset. Discussions were had about the importance of rest and how even if we aren’t feeling the need to rest ourselves, as part of the community, we need to do things that are helpful to everyone. This was the empathy piece that was taught. Also, as long as kids were in their designated spot and quiet, they had the option to look at a book. It was also important for the teacher to be there, as a participant, sitting back, showing she was resting and enjoying the quiet. Soft music was also playing with lights dimmed. Teachers weren’t on the computer or doing work. This was a rest time for everybody. Hard to do, I know, but kids are aware of everything and they look to their teachers as models. The teachers were able to be there to quietly guide, monitor, encourage, or redirect as needed.

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