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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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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