Behavior Management – Student and Teacher Reflection

The beginning of the second half of school (January to May/June) is a wonderful time of year to review and revamp your classroom rules and procedures. All teachers struggle with behavior management from time to time; managing humans is a tough job. One of my favorite (and tried-and-true) methods of behavior management is a behavior… Continue reading Behavior Management – Student and Teacher Reflection

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Pt 3 At-Risk Classroom Management: Incentives and Redirection

Welcome to Part III of my At-Risk Classroom Management Series. We covered rules, expectations, exceptions in Part I, and cultivating culturally-relevant classrooms in Part II. This week, we will cover incentives and re-redirection. Be forewarned, this is a long post.My classroom IncentivesIncentives are always preferable to consequences. It is proven that incentives garner more positive… Continue reading Pt 3 At-Risk Classroom Management: Incentives and Redirection

Pt 2 At-Risk Classroom Management: Cultivating Culturally-Relevant Classrooms

Welcome to Part II of At-Risk Classroom Management.  Previously, we have identified the need for this discussion, and an outline for designing meaningful rules and consequences for your classroom.  This week, we will discuss how to cultivate a culturally-relevant, empathetic classroom for your students. Introduction: Identifying Student Culture(s)An important aspect to behavior management is to… Continue reading Pt 2 At-Risk Classroom Management: Cultivating Culturally-Relevant Classrooms

Pt 1 At Risk Classroom Management: Rules, Expectations, Exceptions, and Consequences

The key, as any education student could tell you, to quality behavior management is setting rules and expectations.  For this portion of "Classroom Management in At-Risk Educational Environments," I will focus on rules, expectations, exceptions, and consequences. This is a fairly general post, and the future posts will be more specific to at-risk behaviors.  I… Continue reading Pt 1 At Risk Classroom Management: Rules, Expectations, Exceptions, and Consequences

Let’s Talk Classroom Management in At-Risk Environments

A particularly fun day! I've come across several blogs/listserv posts in the past few weeks wherein a teacher is describing an incident and following it with "I was so furious! Never in my [years of extensive teaching experience] have I witnessed such behavior!"The described incidents are entities that would never be on my radar. In the… Continue reading Let’s Talk Classroom Management in At-Risk Environments

Using Mobile Phones in the Classroom: A Classroom Contract

This summer, I'm presenting at the 12th Annual Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Florida. Are any of you attending? Maybe we could organize a bloggy meet-up?I'm really excited because I'm going to be presenting some research, tips, methods, and usage about mobile phones in the classroom. . . And, this isn't just for the Art… Continue reading Using Mobile Phones in the Classroom: A Classroom Contract