You’ve heard it before and I’m going to say it again: success with classroom management can essentially be boiled down to your relationship with your students. If you have a good relationship, so they say, you’ll succeed in the classroom. If you’re not able to build a solid relationship with the students, then you’ll haveContinue reading “Classroom Management Strategies: Build Relationships”
If I ask you to think of one student who causes the most classroom management headaches for you, does a face come to mind? I’ve had several, usually one or a even handful per year. I can still remember back to the first kid I had like this in my first year of teaching, I’mContinue reading “Classroom Management Strategies: How to Win Over the Bad Kid”
Upon reading the title of this blog post, I’m sure your first thought was “Duh.” It’s a relatively simple and well known concept: make your praises public and your criticisms private. I searched Google and found this advice attributed to every great thinker from around the world. So okay, we’ve heard it before. But howContinue reading “Classroom Management Strategies: Praise Publicly, Criticize Privately”
If you’re struggling right now with classroom management, it’s very likely that you’re also struggling with your mindset about your job or your students or both. Again, I’m going to have to be the one to come in with the unfortunate news: you’re going to have to change your attitude before you start to seeContinue reading “Classroom Management Strategies: Positive Framing”
First off, let me be honest. I hate this unit. I find the cells unit to be a mile wide and an inch deep. The only thing I hate more than cell organelles is photosynthesis and respiration. At my school we teach a discipline of science per year. It’s Earth & Space Science in gradeContinue reading “How I’m Teaching Cells and Photosynthesis this Year”
I always heard that teaching is hardest in the first 5 years. For me, it took 7. As I begin year 8 in the classroom, I’ve never felt better!
A quick rundown of how I set and keep track of my yearly goals as a teacher. Reflecting on past years and looking forward to the new ones!
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