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Is Flexible Seating Really Worth the Hype?

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Is Flexible Seating Really Worth the Hype?

Flexible seating has been becoming more and more popular over the years. You almost can't log on to Pinterest without seeing beanbag chairs, tire seats, and couches in classrooms around the world. However, setting up flexible seating can be expensive and time consuming to set up. So is it really worth it? Let's take a closer look.  WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS Flexible seating has been studied over and over again. It shows that "Children who participate in short bouts of physical activity within the classroom have more on-task behavior, with the best improvement seen in students who are least on-task...

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How Using Visual Direction Cards Can Save Your Sanity

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How Using Visual Direction Cards Can Save Your Sanity

Do you ever get tired of answering the same questions over and over again? I'm talking about things like: "Can I used colored pencils?" "Can we work with a partner?" "Where can we sit?" "Where do I put this when I'm done?" If you're like me, then you probably woke up in the middle of the night answering those questions. Well, I have a simple solution that can help save your time and your sanity: visual direction cards.  WHAT ARE VISUAL DIRECTION CARDS? Visual direction cards are physical, visual displays that help reinforce the instructions you just gave students about...

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Tackling Tattling in the Classroom

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Tackling Tattling in the Classroom

"Jackson cut in line!" "Olivia said a bad word!" "Kiara pushed me!" It seems like every day there is an endless stream of students reporting behaviors or incidents that happen in the classroom. On one hand, we want to help our students feel heard and validated so they know we are a safe person for them to talk to. On the other hand, we certainly don't want to feed into the tattle machine. It's a fine line to walk. So how do we handle tattling in our classrooms? The Responsive Classroom brings this problem to light by illustrating for us the dangers...

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6 Easy Ways to Group Your Students

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6 Easy Ways to Group Your Students

We often find ourselves as teachers doing activities where our students need to work in groups or pairs. This could be a quick Think-Pair-Share or Turn and Talk activity or a larger group project. It can be difficult to have to create effective groups for our students to complete their work each time. It can also be challenging (and time consuming) to create random groups. I've come up with 6 ways to quickly and easily group your students for different activities. I'll also share some great apps at the end that can help you group students as well.  1. Food...

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Growth Mindset Swag Badges

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Growth Mindset Swag Badges

Swag Badges are a great way to manage your classroom and reinforce positive behavior. They can increase student engagement and motivation inside your classroom. They are a classroom incentive system that doesn’t require constantly buying prizes or candy. When a student exhibits growth mindset (reaching a goal, showing grit, believing in their abilities, etc.) they get a badge. They can add it to their necklace, bracelet, or baggy. How to Set Up Swag Badges: 1.Print out the swag badge sheets in either color or black and white. 2.Cut out each swag badge after laminating. 3.Hole punch the top of each badge. 4.Store in a...

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