A Comfortable Way to Work

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/comfortable-way-work I remember one third grader who really struggled with sitting still. If I’d required him to sit while he worked, it would have been really hard for him to get anything done. This child needed to move to stay focused—for instance, he’d choose to work

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Classroom Connections: Community Supplies

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/classroom-connections In my first couple of years teaching fourth grade, I was surprised by how much my students argued about who owned which supplies. “Nicole, can I borrow your black marker?” Carradine would ask. “No. My mom bought these for me.” Carradine would push, “But you’re

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Every Teacher Tips: Parents and Other Volunteers in the Classroom

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/every-teacher-tips-parents-and-other-volunteers-classroom Inviting parents and other adult family members into the classroom gives them a chance to experience some of their child’s school life. It can also be a way for you to get some help with clerical work (photocopying, stapling) or projects that are hard to

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Every Teacher Tips: Community Supplies

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/every-teacher-tips-community-supplies Just like adults, children of all ages need sufficient quantities of good-quality supplies if they’re going to do their best work. At the start of the year, teachers (or schools) often give out lists of supplies for each family to purchase for their child. Many

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Behavior Challenges in the Homestretch? Interactive Modeling Can Help.

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/behavior-challenges-homestretch It’s April. It’s tempting to think that by now students understand our expectations and know how to behave, so we can all just coast to the end of the year. But, in most classrooms, that’s probably not true. In this season, children are filled with

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Do You Have a Chatty Class?

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/do-you-have-chatty-class I hear a lot from teachers who are feeling frustrated by students’ “chattiness.” They say things like “Mike, they’re not bad kids, they just won’t stop talking to each other. As soon as I stop talking, they start,” and “The constant chatter is interfering with

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Introducing Time-Out to Older Students

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/introducing-time-out-older-students A few weeks ago, on the RC discussion board on Facebook, Aimee Casale asked for suggestions for introducing Take a Break (also called Positive Time-Out) to students in the upper elementary grades. I answered her there, and I wanted to share what I said to

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