Sometimes all it takes is seeing just one item in an article like this to realize, Oh!
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And once that moment of recognition has occurred, the teacher builds more awareness of their behaviors and can fix the problem, leading to a much more peaceful and productive classroom. Everything Jenn says is a positive way to make our jobs easier. Maybe you need to switch schools? Or take yours over nothing wrong with subversive leadership! I love this article! I just sent it to my principal, as many of the staff are struggling with behaviour issues.
Keep up the good work. I am an Academic Alternative Grades principal. There was no one to offer this kind of advice to teachers then. We had to discover the answers for ourselves. Thanks Jennifer, great information! Thank you so much for writing this. When a student is disrupting the lesson, it helps to tell them if their poor choice continues they will have to suffer the consequences.
If they ask what the consequences are you tell them they will find out if they continue with their poor behavioral choice. Usually, the student will stop, but if they do not you have to give them a consequence at the end of the lesson. Douglas, you are absolutely right. You can buy yourself a lot of time with this kind of thing!
I prefer clearly-spelled out, consistent consequence chains. They are less punitive, and less open to claims of bias. This is an excellent list of suggestions! I am going to share this with a few of my new teachers. Kids know how to wear us down, if they know the teacher will let them.
Thanks for these effective ideas! I think I regularly made every one of these blunders when I taught 7th and 8th grade math back in the s. If you could refer your audience to this article during your presentation, that would be great. Thanks for asking! You tips are concisely written and instantly usable.
Much appreciated. Will have to work on 3! I have tried many ways, but still is the same situation, I need some suggestions please, what to do….
That sounds really frustrating! Here are a few suggestions:.
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My first thought is that you need to get them busy as soon as they arrive to class — having something for them to do immediately will set the tone for the rest of the class period. Bell ringers like quick grammar lessons where students are given a few incorrect sentences that they have to re-write correctly are a common activity that other English teachers use. I used to have students do bell ringers on the same sheet of paper over the course of a week, then turn them in at the end of the week for a grade.
One reason they might be noisy is that the work is too difficult for them. Or it may just be the opposite — if the work is too easy, they get bored and start to cause trouble. Based on what you said, I suspect it may be too difficult. Take a look at this article from the website Getting Boys to Read; it has lots of ideas for getting boys writing and the rest of the site has lots of other good stuff that relates to your concern.
Consider whether you can include at least one minute chunk in each lesson that allows for more movement and socialization. Great suggestions. After 25 years of teaching I still have a difficult time with some areas of classroom management. How would you suggest I deal with students that need to have the last word. An example might be they mumble when an adult is talking to them. When engaged they seem to enjoy the argument, or it sets them off even more. The feeling of walking on eggshells with a few students over the past few years has me questioning how to approach students similar that are to this in the future.
I know for sure I have a student entering my classroom this Fall that has this problem. I am just trying to find a new approach that lets this student, and all others know I am the one in control of the classroom. Any helpful suggestions would be great. Hello, The information presented is fine. I am coming back to this to make some adjustments to my original reply. I let myself get defensive and sarcastic, which is not how I prefer to conduct myself. For the past two years, I have devoted all of my working hours to helping teachers improve their craft: I share wisdom from my own classroom experience, but I also curate resources from lots of other places.
I feel I am impacting far more teachers and students this way. I do hope, Lanny, that you will be more open to varied sources for your own professional development. There are a lot of people out there with good things to share. Subscribe to her podcast. Read the book she reviews by chapters with video. Send her an email and see how quickly and often she responds.
I mean, take a look at her reply to your comment. Total professionalism and class.
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Jenn is like the best of us. That is certainly your prerogative. Also, be sure to ignore the advice of the former teachers who work in universities, training pre-service teachers, and the former teachers who do advocacy work on behalf of teachers. Surely they also have nothing to offer. However, I found your last remark to Lanny M. Keep up the good work! Hi Lorraine. I have been thinking about my reply for a few days now and have considered editing or removing it. Your comment has convinced me that I could do a better job of modeling respectful behavior.
Thanks for your feedback. This is such excellent advice, Jennifer. Can you explain how you made this pin? Love the picture; we get it! I have a pretty hacky system: I use MS Paint to create the illustration, then I pull it into PowerPoint a custom size slide , add a rectangle behind it of the same color as the picture use the eyedropper tool to match the color and add text boxes for the text.
Then I save the image as a PNG. Does that make sense? It requires a bit of patience and tweaking too! I taught 6th grade last academic year. Now I see the reason why. I would love to have some more ideas in order to make my classroom an exciting place to learn. Hi Ray! On my site, I have a growing collection of videos that demonstrate classroom management techniques and highly engaging instructional strategies you can try. Often the biggest key to good classroom management is high-quality instruction.
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I see you have compiled great materials and ideas for a successful classroom management. I would love to share them with my colleagues here in Honduras.
This is perfect. I have to admit to making many of these mistakes my first few years of teaching and progressively getting better at it over the last decade and seeing my classroom management dramatically improve because of it. A reminder about these ideas is always helpful though, especially at the start of the year for me and for potential student and mentee teachers.
After a rough start to my 15th year teaching 5th grade, I found your article. What timing- I needed to read something like this to remember what I knew. Thank you! Also, thanks for keeping it simple! After a long day, brief is a good thing!
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Thank you for the great advice.
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