Being a new teacher can so overwhelming! If you are a new teacher, be encouraged, we all felt the same way that first year.
You have come so far already, you have a lot to celebrate!
Next quarter is a chance to grow just a bit more. Take what you are already doing well, and with just a few simple changes, make it great!
The Classroom Management Miracle and 21st Century Skills.
This post is the second in a series that began with a desperate need to adjust my classroom management approach.
I was losing control of my classroom.
After five years of teaching with little or no classroom issues, I was now facing the toughest group of students I have ever had the challenge of teaching.
My struggle led to a system that,
- holds students accountable
- tracks growth for those hard-to-measure 21st Century Skills (collaboration, communication, and conduct)
- completely changed the behavior of this group of students and saved my sanity!
Continue reading “Classroom Management and the 21st Century Skills”
This year I had a particularity challenging class. After just the first week of school I was desperate for a solution.
The class was at the end of the day, they were tired from being at school for eight hours and just wanted out. Students consisted of mostly boys who were best of friends and loved to goof around, with no regard for me or the other students in the room.
All of my usual classroom management methods and relationship building was just not working and I could clearly see this class was slipping out of control.
Continue reading “Points for Classroom Management in High School?”
Cellphones in the classroom – talk about a blessing and a curse in one tiny, expensive package!
Leveraged for good, cellphones in the classroom can open up a world of technology based learning for students. But how can teachers utilize their amazing benefits, without the constant battle against distraction?
Continue reading “Cellphones In The Classroom? Not a Problem Anymore!”
The first day of school is the single best opportunity to lay a foundation for the rest of the year. For new teachers it may feel overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be!
My first year, I was so nervous on my first day of school! To be honest, I still get nervous on the first day. But I have learned a lot, after making a lot of mistakes!
It is time to conquer the first day of school with these five bell-to-bell steps!
- Set expectations before students enter the room – start in the hall
- Use a seating chart
- Assign something to do as soon as students come in
- Give an Open Note Quiz on what they learn
- Do a fun group activity!!
Continue reading “Five Step Game Plan for Teaching the First Day of School: Middle and High School”
Are you looking for a way to reduce conflict in your classroom? Want to improve student behavior? Increase student learning and motivation? Better classroom management?
All of these dreams can come true (or at least get closer to reality) with one simple change to your daily routine.
Continue reading “Simple Classroom Management Tool – Start Using Tomorrow”
Digital portfolios are a great way to showcase student work and progress throughout the year. You or your students can easily create digital portfolios using Google Forms.
For the teacher, this is an excellent way to track growth and keep a collection of assignments as data.
Continue reading “Use Google Forms to make Digital Portfolios”
Regular self reflection is a powerful tool for motivating students to do their best. It is also great tool for encouraging a growth mindset.
Using Google Forms will make self reflection easy, and give your students (and you) quick access to valuable data.
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Do you have a student who gets overwhelmed by long assignments? Maybe all your students do! Sometimes its good to take long assignments and break them down, step by step.
Google Forms is a great way to do this!
Continue reading “Use Google Forms to Give Step-By-Step Instructions”
Information is important! Data about student behavior is so helpful when deciding how best to help our students.
But, to be honest, when I am in the middle of teaching, or helping other students, it is hard to stop everything and record student behavior.
Google Forms makes data collection a breeze!
Continue reading “Google Forms as a Super Easy Progress Monitoring Tool”