Behavior Management

9 FREE Student Engagement Strategies

Yawning, heads down, staring off into space. No, this isn’t just teachers in professional development. Our students struggle to stay engaged and attentive every single day. Sometimes it may feel like we have to do jumping jacks in a clown suit to keep their attention. And, even then, they will

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How to Decrease Chaos at the End of the School Day

The end of the day during dismissal was one of my least favorite times of the school day ever.  I don’t know about your school but our dismissal time is 20ish minutes. Those 20 minutes feel more like 3 hours sometimes (especially on a Friday).   Problem is, I’m totally worn out from the

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How to Destroy Your Classroom Community in 4 Easy Steps

Obviously, destroying your classroom community is not on any teacher’s list of to-dos. But, there are some big mistakes that can have a negative impact on your classroom, your relationship with students and their relationship with one another. One of the biggest mindset shifts we need to overcome is not

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Freshen Up Your Morning Meeting Routine

Do you want to implement a morning meeting into your schedule? Are you already using morning meetings but looking for ways to polish the structure and get more benefits out of that time? Morning meetings are like breakfast–the most important part of the day. But, you need to get a

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Engaging Activities for December in the Classroom

December is straight-up crazy! The excitement and energy surpass any other month in the classroom. Balancing learning and fun is key! Here are some engaging December activities! Festive Days Get in the holiday spirit with some festive dress-up days. My advice–don’t overcomplicate it and it becomes easier for students to

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10 Ways to Keep Students Engaged Online

  You’re teaching virtually. Using both  synchronous or asynchronous (are you sick of those words yet?), there are proven instructional strategies and best practices to take into consideration while planning. Keeping students engaged in an online environment has it’s challenges. Here are 10 ways to keep students engaged online: Keep

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9 Tips to Manage a Talkative Class

Kids love to talk. I love to talk. Most people I know enjoy communicating. It’s in our nature. But, where do we draw the line? How much talking can we allow without disrupting the productivity of our classrooms? And what can we do when our students are just talking way

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4 Ways to Keep Your Students’ Attention

Keeping your students’ attention doesn’t need to look like standing on tables, singing and dancing (although, if you want to do that and it works for your students, by all means). I am not knocking it because sometimes I do like to sing and dance (just not on the table…in

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3 Ways to Keep Students Engaged in Learning through December

It’s December! Busy, chilly, stressful, fun, frantic, fabulous December. Your students’ excitement is building while you are just trying to cross off your gift to-do list (what do I get my parents?!) while still maintaining some sense of classroom normalcy. Keeping the engagement level high during December can be difficult.

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