How to Feel Better About Behavior Referrals

I sigh as I look at the behavior referral form. I try to minimize the number of students I refer to the office but I have no choice. The student grabbed another student by the throat which is an “automatic mandatory reporting” offence at this school. My prep period drains away as I answer all … Continue reading How to Feel Better About Behavior Referrals

Ready-to-Go Lesson Plans – 7 Ways They Can Backfire

As classroom teachers we sometimes get bored with the same old lessons. But trying new ready-to-go lesson plans can backfire. Here’s why. A million years ago when I first started teaching, I spent way too much time and money at the Teacher Supply Store hunting for teaching ideas and ready-to-go lesson plans. Today it’s Teachers … Continue reading Ready-to-Go Lesson Plans – 7 Ways They Can Backfire

Poor Results From Your Classroom Management Plan?

Results. We all want them, and if you’re like me, you want them NOW! “I put Alicia on a behavior plan, but she still acts out constantly. Why haven’t I seen any results?” “I work hard to build rapport with my students, but they still challenge me from the moment they walk through the door.” … Continue reading Poor Results From Your Classroom Management Plan?

How to Have a Better Class Next Year

I know it seems a little early to be thinking about next year already, especially if you are wondering if you are even going to make it through THIS year. But Spring is actually the perfect time to revisit classroom routines and procedures. For instance, let’s say you don’t like the way your students act … Continue reading How to Have a Better Class Next Year

Aggressive Student Behavior – What Teachers Can Do To Calm It Down

Aggressive student behaviors such as destruction of property, shouting, and running away are almost always caused by elevated levels of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline – the “fight or flight” chemicals. These chemicals make it impossible for students to think rationally. Worse yet, this impulsive, aggressive brain state can last 30 minutes to 3 … Continue reading Aggressive Student Behavior – What Teachers Can Do To Calm It Down

How to Get Your Students to Stop Wasting Time

Do you feel like your students never get anything done? Here’s how you can help them stop wasting time. Have you ever wondered how a student can work for 3 weeks on a project and have nothing at all to show for it? Or even 3 hours. Heck, what about 3 minutes? Shouldn’t there be … Continue reading How to Get Your Students to Stop Wasting Time

How to Stop Defiance With This 30-Second Classroom Management Strategy

If you want to stop defiance (and who doesn’t?) one of the best ways is to develop a positive relationship with your students. But how are you supposed to do that when you can’t even have a normal conversation without attitude and challenges to your authority? A Simple Strategy Luckily there is a simple strategy … Continue reading How to Stop Defiance With This 30-Second Classroom Management Strategy

What About The Student You Can’t Reach?

“Wheeee!” Savante screamed as he spun the teacher chair around in circles, narrowly missing several of his classmates and slamming into the bookshelf. A few of the second graders gamely tried to continue reading with their buddies, but most just watched him careen around and tried to stay out of the way. I pride myself … Continue reading What About The Student You Can’t Reach?

3 Surprising Classroom Management Myths

If you are struggling with out-of-control student behavior, you may be buying into one or more of these common classroom management myths. Myth #1 – If you are struggling with student discipline, you need a stronger punishment to bring the kids in line. This classroom management myth is totally untrue. Stronger punishments will only create an authoritarian atmosphere … Continue reading 3 Surprising Classroom Management Myths

Transitions – Save Time With This Simple Mind Shift

We’ve all had transitions go sideways in the classroom. You ask the students to do something simple like put away supplies, and suddenly chaos erupts. The noise level goes way up, the pencil sharpener grinds, and students roam everywhere. And you find yourself spending 10 minutes or more struggling to resettle the class so you … Continue reading Transitions – Save Time With This Simple Mind Shift