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2 Ways to Stop Unwanted Interruptions While Teaching

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2 Ways to Stop Unwanted Interruptions While Teaching

Sometimes we have students that seem to interrupt us while we are teaching no matter how many times we've reminded them to wait. It doesn't seem to matter if it's a whole class lesson, a guided reading group, or an individual conference with another student. I've found 2 ideas that can help signal when it's an appropriate time to come up and talk to you.  Now I want to explicitly state that these ideas are only for unwanted, non-emergency interruptions. We want our students to feel like they have a voice and that they can confide in us or ask...

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5 Ways to Positively Manage Student Behavior

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5 Ways to Positively Manage Student Behavior

My class won't stop talking no matter what I do.  I feel like I'm yelling all the time.  My students who are behaving don't get the recognition they deserve.  Sound familiar? Sometimes we have groups of students that won't stop talking no matter what we do. We feel like we are always grumpy (or yelling) and that our kids who are behaving don't get the positive attention they need from us. We also begin to feel like we can't be the fun, happy teacher we normally are because we are constantly dealing with behavior issues. Something that I've found in...

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10 Bullying Mentor Texts You (Probably) Haven't Heard Of

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10 Bullying Mentor Texts You (Probably) Haven't Heard Of

Bullying seems to be a pervasive problem in every school. Sometimes it seems that no matter what we do, the problem continues or gets worse. One effective way I found to deal with bullying, is to address it head-on using different picture books. Not only are the books engaging and entertaining, they also simply lay out what bullying looks like and how it makes the other person feel. I found that books on bullying helped to build empathy among my students. I'm going to list 10 of my favorite books on bullying that you (probably) haven't heard of, and 10 we...

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15 Growth Mindset Strategies to Teach Your Students

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15 Growth Mindset Strategies to Teach Your Students

If you're like me, when you read about having a growth mindset, you read about the idea of giving our students strategies to use when approaching a problem.  Rather than parroting some true but ultimately abstract ideas on growth mindset, I wanted to give teachers something real, tangible, and actionable that they can implement in their classrooms. So here are some classroom best practices that I've found and created to help your students develop a growth mindset. Let's dive in.  1. TEACH ABOUT FIXED MINDSET VS. GROWTH MINDSET Recent develops in neuroscience have taught us that our brain is very malleable-...

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5 Activities That Promote Growth Mindset

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5 Activities That Promote Growth Mindset

Growth mindset has become a popular educational buzzword. But what exactly does it mean? Carol Dweck, one of the main researchers on growth mindset (and the one who coined that phrase) defined it as this: "We found that students’ mindsets—how they perceive their abilities—played a key role in their motivation and achievement, and we found that if we changed students’ mindsets, we could boost their achievement. More precisely, students who believed their intelligence could be developed (a growth mindset) outperformed those who believed their intelligence was fixed (a fixed mindset). And when students learned through a structured program that they...

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