No Ordinary Monday

December 16, 2012, Responsive Classroom Blog, Original Link: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/no-ordinary-monday Teachers, principals, and other school staff nationwide are thinking about what to do and what to say tomorrow when they and their students return to school in the wake of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School

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Lining Up

“Mr. Anderson! Kelsey cut in line!” calls out Nicole. “No I didn’t! I was here a second ago. I just had to get my lunch ticket!” Kelsey retorts. The fourth grade girls glare at each other and then look at me, waiting for my response. I don’t

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Setting the Stage for Successful Assemblies

Original Article: http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/setting-stage-successful-assemblies From the Whole School series by Mike Anderson Responsive Classroom Newsletter: August 2011 School assemblies, including those involving families, are an important part of building a strong school community. Whether it’s a science group presenting during the school day or a student band performing in

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What 4th Graders Need

Do you work with 4th graders? If so, I’d love to know what you think of “The Leap into 4th Grade,” my article in the new issue of Educational Leadership. The theme of the issue is “The Transition Years,” and I wrote about strategies for establishing routines

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The Early and Elementary Years / The Leap into 4th Grade

Original Article: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/apr11/vol68/num07/The-Leap-into-4th-Grade.aspx Amazing energy and enthusiasm, increased anxiety, and tougher academic demands—all these make 4th grade a pivotal year. “Yes!” cries Danny, pumping his fist as he looks at the schedule for the day. “We have P.E. today! I love P.E.!” “Oh, come on!” groans Lisa as

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The Power of Positive Routines

Original Article: http://inservice.ascd.org/the-power-of-positive-routines/ Think about the amount of time that you spend on autopilot each day. Do you drive to work along the same route? Do you tend to park in the same spot when you get there? Once you enter the building, I bet you follow a

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Quiet Signals Key to Classroom Management

Original Article: http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol6/608-anderson.aspx?utm_source=ascdexpress&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=express608 A professor once told a colleague of mine that he could tell which teachers were good classroom managers. He’d just watch to see who could quickly get students’ quiet attention. Those teachers, he said, would have more time to teach—and calmer classrooms. As a classroom

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