Behavior Management

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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Keep Your Morning Meeting Motivating

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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7 Activities for Engagement in December

December is straight up crazy! The excitement and energy surpasses any other month in the classroom. Balancing learning and fun is key! Get in the holiday spirit with some festive dress-up days. My advice–don’t overcomplicate it and it becomes easier for students to participate. Try to be general (green day)

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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

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9 Tips for a Talkative Class

Disclaimer: The links to the books in this post are affiliate links. This means, if you purchase the item through that link, I will receive a small compensation as an Amazon Affiliate. This is at no additional cost to you. I only recommend books that I personally love and use

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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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Holiday Classroom Management Ideas

It’s December! Busy, chilly, stressful, fun, frantic, fabulous December. Your students excitement is building while you are just trying to cross of your gift to do list (what do I get my parents?!) while still maintaining some sense of classroom normalcy. Visits with Santa, assemblies, holidays around the work, Holiday

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Ways to Get Students to Follow Directions

 Just like other executive functioning skills, we can support our students in getting better. Getting students to follow directions is one of those teaching struggles that never seems to fade. It may get better or worse from year to year (or even day to day). But while there aren’t any

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