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The Power of Positive Communication in a School Setting

By |2021-06-28T12:32:51-05:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: Classroom Management, Leadership Development, Parent Involvement, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , |

The Power of Positive Communication in a School Setting by Model Teaching | April 26, 2021. We have all heard of the power of positivity, but did you ever stop to think about its impact in the classroom, and within communications to families? In this article, you will learn how frequent and positive communication will build successful relationships with families. Imagine this classroom scenario. In the sixth week of school, second-grade teacher Mrs. Jones has noticed a sudden and dramatic change in a student's behavior and participation level. She gives [...]

The ABCs of Behavior

By |2021-04-27T10:22:24-05:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: Classroom Management, Special Education, Teaching Strategies|Tags: |

Have you found yourself spending too much time dealing with behavior issues in your classroom? Do you sometimes feel as if you have spent more time correcting a student’s behavior rather than teaching? If so, this article will discuss the ABCs and how to use them to take a deeper look at behavioral issues.

Three Daily Practices to Promote Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom

By |2021-04-27T10:25:07-05:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Classroom Management, Social Emotional Learning, Special Education, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , |

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning as the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. That definition can seem overwhelming to educators when they are told to include SEL in their curriculum. Read on to find out three simple strategies you can incorporate into your daily classroom routines that encourage the social-emotional growth of all your students.

Strengthening Peer Reviews through Growth Mindset

By |2021-04-29T13:54:43-05:00November 19th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Management, Gifted & Talented, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , |

Getting the most from peer reviews in your classroom? Stretch your investment through Growth Mindset in 4 steps—or use these free resources—to boost the benefit for you and your students.

Re-Energizing Classroom Discussion through Round Table Circles

By |2021-04-30T09:52:35-05:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Management, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , |

When you want your students to engage in lively discussion, choosing the right format makes all the difference. Use Round Table Circles, a powerful tool that will keep your students engaged.

“Where’s my partner?” An Overview of Grouping Strategies for the Classroom

By |2021-04-30T09:54:04-05:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Classroom Management, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , |

Grouping students during the practice phase of your lesson can have many benefits. Students often like to talk and interact with their peers, and this gives them an excellent opportunity to practice what they are learning. However, many questions can arise when it comes to grouping your students. How should you group them? How can you implement grouping quickly and effectively, so you aren’t wasting class time?

Station Teaching and Alternative Teaching: Two Effective Co-Teaching Instructional Models

By |2021-04-30T10:09:48-05:00July 26th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Management, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Special Education, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , |

If you are fortunate enough to work in a co-teaching situation, we encourage you to try station teaching and/or alternative teaching as instructional models. Station teaching is perfect for when you want to implement a variety of learning activities, and alternative teaching is an excellent method of differentiating instruction for two groups working at different academic levels.

5 Ways to Help All Students Succeed in a Differentiated Classroom

By |2021-04-30T10:13:33-05:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Management, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , |

The key to success for all students is easier than you might think! Designing a differentiated classroom is one of the most impactful ways to progress the learning of each and every child. Today’s classroom is more diverse than ever before which is why it is crucial for educators to implement differentiation strategies that address each child’s readiness, interests, and learning profile. Learn how you can simply and effectively help your students on their road to success through differentiation in your classroom.

Using Aggressive Active Monitoring to Maximize Student Learning

By |2021-04-30T10:17:02-05:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Management, Teaching Strategies, Testing Strategies & Prep|Tags: , |

It is now independent practice time for your lesson, and to an outside observer it appears that students are silent, working hard, and grappling with task at hand.  All looks well, but how do know that students are actually mastering the material they are working on and will be ready for your planned exit ticket or mini assessment?

This is where Active Monitoring comes in.  One of the major responsibilities of a teacher during independent work is to actively gather real-time, objective-aligned data that will enable direct action when student misconceptions are identified. A more focused, strategic example of Active Monitoring, Aggressive Monitoring, can be highly effective in catching student misunderstandings and ensuring student mastery prior to the actually assessment.  In this article, we will provide a detailed overview of how to use Aggressive Monitoring in your classroom.

Building A Small Group Planning Notebook

By |2021-04-30T11:38:55-05:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Management, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Teaching Strategies|Tags: , , , |

Many teachers that I have worked with often ask, “how do you keep everything for your small group organized?” It’s very simple…a Small Group Planning Notebook! Having everything in one notebook and organized will maximize the time with your students. Often teachers will succumb to piling everything on their desk and deciding, “oh I will organize it later” - I’ve been there. However, simply keeping all your small group planning in one binder from the start, will prove to be beneficial not only for you but your students as well.  In this article we will take you through the process of setting up and managing your own Small Group Planning Notebook, and provide you with all the resources you will need to get started!

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