At the start of each new year, whether it’s for school, a program, or a workshop, it’s inevitable that we have to learn the names of the incoming students and/or participants. Some people have an amazing knack for remembering names. I am definitely not one of those people. I am actually HORRIBLE at it!… Continue reading 10 Strategies To Remember Student Names
Aren’t you tired of lecturing about what you expect from your students and the ground rules for your class or program? I know I am. Year after year you review how you expect your students how to behave, and you may sometimes feel like the information goes in one ear and out the other. Rescue yourself and your… Continue reading Expectations, Ground Rules, and Group Agreements: A Hands On Activity
“I would have never talked back to a teacher.” “I am a glorified babysitter.” “All I do is manage behavior.” For years, I have overheard the rantings and frustrations over our youths’ misbehavior in the teachers’ lounge and the staff break room. I have also seen new teachers sit in their classrooms and cry because they are… Continue reading 12 Ways To Avoid Misbehavior In A Classroom Or Group Setting
I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting to learn about part II of Smart Strategies for Establishing Group and Class Routines And Procedures. You have already learned about the when, why, and how to establish routines and policies – with the added bonus of concrete examples for procedures and routines for entering the class or group. You’re… Continue reading Smart Strategies For Establishing Class And Group Routines and Procedures Part II
Throughout the years, I have used participant journaling to increase communication, build relationships, improve writing skills and gain a perspective on what my youth had learned from our activities and lesson plans. Journal writing increases students’ communication skills, allowing them to exchange ideas and information with you informally; in turn, students will learn to form a more… Continue reading 11 Easy Tips For Incorporating Journal Writing Into Your Class Or Group
As an educator, I’ve learned that it’s imperative to establish routines and procedures in a class or group. Without routines and procedures, your classroom or group can become utter chaos.
Everyone is getting along and working in their groups. All of sudden you hear, “That’s stupid. You’re stupid,” followed by a few expletives and a possible physical altercation. I witnessed these and other incidents of misbehaving in classrooms without clear ground rules. Our youth have had years of preparation learning the ground rules and proper behavior in a… Continue reading Answers to Essential Questions: Creating Ground Rules or Group Agreements