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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Handling the Holidays (Part 5): Morning Meeting Message

Original Article: http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/handling-holidays-morning-meeting-message Tips on using Morning Meeting Messages and the last part of Morning Meeting, reading the message together, to set a positive tone during the build-up to winter holidays and vacation. Winter themes. As with sharing, you might include timely questions/themes in your morning messages at

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Handling the Holidays (Part 4): Morning Meeting Group Activity

Original Article: http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/handling-holidays-morning-meeting-group-activity Tips on using  Morning Meeting group activity, to set a positive tone during the build-up to winter holidays and vacation. Consider levels of movement and activity. How does your class respond (especially right now) to activities that get them moving, singing, and playing? You might

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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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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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