Classroom Management Strategy: How To Effectively Manage Mobile Phones In The Classroom

classroom management Jan 03, 2020

Classroom management strategies and school policies regarding mobile phones vary from setting to setting, so the way you address this problem will depend on the school/college’s overall viewpoint. If the establishment you’re working in has a definite rule and consequences in place regarding students and the use of phones, you can treat this as any usual behaviour problem and...

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Six ways to get students to follow instructions

Issuing clear instructions is about ensuring that we communicate the right message to our students in the right way, so as to minimise confusion and confrontation and to maximise the chances of us getting the behaviour we want. Miscommunication can often lead to confusion, confrontation and arguments - particularly with strong-willed youngsters, so it pays to get this right if you want a...

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How to create a community in the classroom

communication engagement Jun 28, 2019

Students are most motivated when they feel they are part of a community in which they feel accepted and in which individuality is encouraged. By definition a community is a group of people who work with one another building a sense of trust, care, and support – kind of like a family. This means that in our classrooms, part of our job is to provide opportunities and structures by which...

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Five ways to make praise and encouragement more effective

achievement engagement Jun 22, 2019
Here are some ways of improving praise so that it creates the kind of positive changes you want to see in your challenging students.
  1. Make praise descriptive and specific

Real praise – the kind that actually makes a difference – comes from genuinely noticing when someone puts effort into something or has managed to complete something they wouldn’t normally manage to do and...

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How to avoid getting drawn into secondary behaviours and backchat

behaviour Jun 12, 2019

Whenever you have to issue a consequence to a student you will almost certainly provoke some eye rolling, muttering, complaining and other secondary behaviours. Don’t get drawn into these attempts to start an argument; it will escalate until either the student does something that will cause you more stress or you will explode and embarrass yourself. Either way you can’t win by...

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28 Time-Saving Tips for Teachers

  1. Create a block of time during free periods and other non-teaching time to handle paperwork. Schedule this in your planner and stick to it. Chatting with colleagues is an effective way to let off steam and relax but it is more enjoyable doing so when you’ve first got some paperwork out of the way. Get some books marked first, then chat. Or, if you prefer, mark the books at home – I...
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5 Techniques for Learning Student Names Quickly!

Want a way to connect with your students? Then what better way than learning the names of your new students as quickly as possible. Here are 5 tips to help you achieve just that…

1. Name Chain
Ask each student in turn to share his/her name and the names of people who have already introduced themselves. E.g. Person 1 says their name, person 2 then gives the first person’s name as...

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Dealing with students who have no interest in the lesson

A student who has no interest in lessons and anything you say and do, can have a terrible impact on the rest of the class. What you must remember however is that this student probably wants to succeed – most do, at heart – but has virtually given up due to a succession of failures, discouragement and low self-image. It may take time to reach this student and help him see life...

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The Hidden Dangers of Teacher Stress (And What You Can Do About It)

According to a recent survey, teachers are at breaking point trying to cope with the relentless pressures and many  plan to leave the profession in record numbers.

82% of teachers describe their workload as 'unmanageable'

The survey, carried out by the Guardian Teacher Network, found many teachers are at crisis point. Almost all – 98% – said they are under increasing pressure...

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Teacher Stress Survey – How Stressed Are You?

If you’re a teacher or education professional and are feeling stressed, you’re in good company.

I recently asked my teacher-subscribers to fill out a Teacher Stress Survey to gauge how stressed they feel as a result of pressures at work and have been astounding (if a little worrying).

The survey consisted of just 8 simple questions such as ‘How often do you find...

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