Classroom and Group Management

10 Strategies To Remember Student Names

  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

Life Skills · Life, Social, and Emotional Skills

60 Free Ways to Show Random Acts of Kindness for Teens

Too often in our society we get caught up in our everyday activities. Random Acts of Kindness Week is the perfect opportunity for our youth to demonstrate acts of kindness to others. Here are a few FREE random acts of kindness that teens  can use to show acts of kindness… Hold the door open for… Continue reading 60 Free Ways to Show Random Acts of Kindness for Teens

Program Development

Getting Started with Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) – the Easy Way

Your administration comes to you and asks you to incorporate Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) into your curriculum. They explain with exuberance, (trying to sell you on the idea) that you are a great teacher who really connects with your students and this would be a great opportunity to make a change in the community. (Argggg,… Continue reading Getting Started with Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) – the Easy Way

Classroom and Group Management

12 Ways To Avoid Misbehavior In A Classroom Or Group Setting

“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

Classroom and Group Management

Smart Strategies for Establishing Group and Class Routines and Procedures

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.

Classroom and Group Management

Answers to Essential Questions: Creating Ground Rules or Group Agreements

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