Teaching Strategies

Uncle Curmudgeon: Stop Giving Homework!

Uncle Curmudgeon: Stop Giving Homework!

Every now and then, I come across a letter from Uncle Curmudgeon, an old retired teacher, to his niece, Kennari, an aspiring new one. I’m happy to pass another along! Dear Kennari- It was another interesting week here at Sweet Meadow Acres for Retired Teachers. Last Tuesday’s

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Check in on Your Most Vulnerable Students

Check in on Your Most Vulnerable Students

The first weeks of school are long past, and your class has likely settled into a rhythm. This is a great time of year to reflect on how things are going. Are routines running as smoothly as you’d like? Are students growing in independence as they navigate

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How (and Why) I Stopped Saying, “I like the way you…”

How (and Why) I Stopped Saying, “I like the way you…”

For a long time, when I wanted to give students positive feedback about their work or behavior, I began with some version of, “I like the way you…” “Jeremy, I like the way you’re working so hard on that math challenge!” “Hey, everyone! I loved the way

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When Students Are Disruptive: 10 Ideas to Try

When Students Are Disruptive: 10 Ideas to Try

One student can change the feel of a whole classroom. John throws a tantrum whenever things don’t go his way. Alicia enters the room each morning with a deep scowl exuding negative energy. Allen has way too much sexual knowledge and seems to say something inappropriate whenever

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Uncle Curmudgeon: Should Families Spend So Much on School Supplies?

Uncle Curmudgeon: Should Families Spend So Much on School Supplies?

Every now and then, I come across a letter from Uncle Curmudgeon, an old retired teacher, to his niece, Kennari, an aspiring new one. I’m happy to pass another along!   Dear Kennari- Ah! The beginning of a new year! Flowers are fading in the garden. Trees

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Six Strategies for Getting to Know Your Students

Six Strategies for Getting to Know Your Students

One of our primary goals at the beginning of the school year is to get to know our students. This is important for several reasons.First, the better we know our students, and the more they know we know them, the more invested they become in school. Also,

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Consider a Slight Variation to the Golden Rule

Consider a Slight Variation to the Golden Rule

As I work with teachers on helping students craft effective and supportive rules at the beginning of the school year, a question almost always comes up: “What do you think about using the Golden Rule as a classroom rule?” It’s a question that my own students would

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Rethinking Rewards and Incentives

Rethinking Rewards and Incentives

In my first two years as a classroom teacher, I used an incentive system to try and motivate and manage students. At each cluster of four student desks, there was a plastic dish. When groups were working well, paying attention, acting kindly, etc., I would throw a

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Personalized Learning through Student-Led Research

Personalized Learning through Student-Led Research

Independent student research is making a comeback! After years of moving away from student-centered learning, due primarily to the over-emphasis of standardized testing, the movement toward differentiated instruction and personalized learning has reignited teachers’ interest in helping students conduct research on topics and themes that they find

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Mighty Meltdowns in the Month of May

Mighty Meltdowns in the Month of May

Mikey V. was a challenging fourth grader. He broke down in tears often in the beginning of the year. Reading was hard. Math was hard. Recess was hard. Everything was hard. He crumpled work papers, fought on the playground, and teased other kids. It was even worse

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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.