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Handling the Holidays (Part 3): Morning Meeting Sharing

Original Article: http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/handling-holidays-morning-meeting-sharing Tips on using Morning Meeting sharing to set a positive tone during the build-up to winter holidays and vacation. Themed shares. This is a great time of year to have some themed shares. For instance, you might ask students to share their answers to questions

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Handling the Holidays (Part 2): Morning Meeting Greeting

Original Article: http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/handling-holidays-morning-meeting-greeting Tips on using the greeting component ofMorning Meeting to set a positive tone during the build-up to winter holidays and vacation. Observe your students as they enter the room before settling on a greeting. Are they bouncing and skipping through the room, wrestling and using

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Handling the Holidays (Part 1)

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/handling-holidays As the holidays swing into full gear, maintaining a productive and calm atmosphere in the classroom can be challenging. Students can be more fidgety, giggly, testy, and tired at this time of year. In December, children are also often distracted by the excitement of home

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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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Balancing Act: Starting the Year with Community Building and Testing-Prep

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/balancing-act by Mike Anderson Responsive Classroom Newsletter: August 2009 It’s the beginning of a new school year. You’re excited about your incoming class and have all kinds of plans for starting the year off right. Just one thing stands in the way: a few weeks in,

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Q & A: A Focused Finish

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/focused-finish Q: What’s the most important thing to focus on during the last weeks of school? A: Showcasing students’ learning and celebrating the community you’ve built together should be the focus at the end of the year.  It’s a prime time for doing deeply engaging work,

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Q & A: How do you manage to have private conversations with students?

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/how-do-you-manage-have-private-conversations-students A: When I needed to chat privately with a child or help a few students work out a problem together, I often did it during lunch or recess. Meeting outside of class time gave us more time to work on complicated issues and let me

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Re-energize Yourself When Fatigue Sets In

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/re-energize-yourself-when-fatigue-sets A: I remind myself that in my life, just as in my classroom, certain things are non-negotiable. An important non-negotiable for me is exercise: I swim every morning before school. When I’m stressed, it’s tempting to think about skipping my swim. But I remind myself

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Q & A: News and Announcement Charts

Original Article: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/article/news-and-announcement-charts A: I incorporate bits of word study into the charts whenever possible. In the younger grades, I sometimes made a stack of word cards and asked each student to place a card into a category on the chart according to vowel sound or spelling pattern.

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Mike Anderson is an energetic, experienced, and highly sought-after educational consultant who helps facilitate great learning in schools all over the United States and beyond. He has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, consultant, presenter, and developer and has authored many books and articles about great teaching and learning.