Setting Good Goals

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/setting-good-goals “My goal is to get into shape this year.” “My resolution for this year is to get to know my students better.” “I want to do more professional reading this year.” “My goal is to give kids more choice about their learning.” “I want to

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Keep Learning Going During Holiday & Vacation Times

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/keep-learning-going-during-holiday-vacation-times Adapted from Responsive blog posts by Mike Anderson and Margaret Wilson Responsive Classroom Newsletter: November 2010 Suddenly, it seems like the class is falling apart. Classroom routines that were going smoothly just a few weeks ago now seem rough around the edges. More and more

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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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Make Learning a Moving Experience

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/make-learning-moving-experience So you want to reduce the amount of time that your students are required to sit and to give them more chances to move. Could you build more movement into your lessons? Here’s one idea. Let’s say you’ve just taught a lesson on subtraction with

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Lecture Less

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/lecture-less So we know students need to sit still to accomplish some school tasks, but we don’t want to keep them sitting for too long. How can we minimize the amount of time we require children to sit still? One great strategy is to keep direct

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Fall Testing Tips

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/fall-testing-tips It’s fall! For many of us that means cooler temperatures, crisp leaves on the playground, thoughts of pumpkins and frost, and . . . testing. Yes, the beginning of the school year has become standardized testing time for many schools. This year, for the first

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Every Teacher Tips: Displaying Student Work

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/every-teacher-tips-displaying-student-work In any classroom, displays should consist primarily of the children’s work, rather than teacher-made or store-bought pieces, no matter how beautiful those pieces might be. Displaying student work sends several important messages: As teachers, we value what students do. This is their classroom as much

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