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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How to End the School-Year in Peace and Harmony (or how to keep them engaged til the end!)

There are thirteen school days left in the 2013-2014 school-year for my students and me. . . But, it’s not like we are counting (hahahahaha!).  This is the time of year when spring-fever sets in, Friday-itis is practically an epidemic, behavior gets wacky, and students simply don’t want to work. I mean, I totally get… Continue reading How to End the School-Year in Peace and Harmony (or how to keep them engaged til the end!)

Classroom Management in the Art room: When You Need Help

I’ve written a lot about how to manage behavior, materials, and students in the Art classroom.  But, what happens when your interventions and management fail?  Read any text book about classroom management, and you are led to believe that if you only follow these simple (ha!) processes and/or “raise your expectations” the students will behave… Continue reading Classroom Management in the Art room: When You Need Help

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