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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Classroom Displays: Keep the Focus on Student Work

Original Article: http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol6/613-anderson.aspx?utm_source=ascdexpress&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=express613 Displays are essential tools for supporting students’ learning and making the classroom feel welcoming and engaging. They’re also something that most teachers enjoy doing—and sometimes overdoing! It’s tempting to cover classroom walls with bright, beautiful—and teacher-chosen—charts, maps, posters, and photos. That’s what I did the

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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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Homework: An Unwelcome Guest

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/homework-unwelcome-guest Most Thursday nights, our family joins two other families for what we all call “Dinner and a Show.” We congregate at one of our houses, the kids play together and we all enjoy some appetizers. The kids (seven of them, between the ages of 4

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