Classroom Management

Do You Have to ‘Love’ Every Student? And What If You Don’t?

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Decades of research—and conventionally held wisdom—say that positive teacher-student relationships matter. But do you really have to love every student? And what if you don’t?

“We go into [teaching] with the idea that we’re going to love our students, we’re going to be like the teachers in the movies, … all of the kids are going to be motivated, there’s going to be a soundtrack, it’s going to be amazing,” said Vickie Crockett, a high school English/language arts teacher in Atlanta. “I think we allow ourselves to get boxed into [the idea] that we’re just going to fall magically

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Praise Seen as Effective Classroom-Management Tool

What the Research Says

“Effects of Teachers’ Praise-to-Reprimand Ratios on Elementary Students’ On-Task Behaviour”

When teachers use more praise and fewer reprimands in the classroom, it seems to help students stay on-task and behave better, according to a new study.

“The higher the teachers’ [praise to reprimand ratio], the higher the students’ on-task behavior percentage,” Paul Caldarella, a professor of counseling psychology and special education at Brigham Young University, wrote in a report published last week in the journal Educational Psychology.

In a randomized experiment, Caldarella and his team spent three years observing teachers and students in 151 K-6

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Teacher Praise Helps Students Focus, Behave Better, Study Says – Teaching Now

When teachers use more praise and fewer reprimands in the classroom, it seems to help students stay on-task and behave better, according to a new study.

Researchers who led the study, published this week in the journal Educational Psychology, found that there was no magic ratio of praise to reprimand that worked best. Instead, they found a “positive linear relationship” between the two. 

“The higher the teachers’ [praise to reprimand ratio], the higher the students’ on-task behavior percentage,” Paul Caldarella, a professor of counseling psychology and special education at Brigham Young University, wrote in the report on his team’s

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Flexible Seating: Collaboration Catalyst or Classroom Disaster?

Students in teacher Matt Morone’s English 2 class at Pascack Valley Regional High School in New Jersey sit in varied types of furniture, from group desks to cushioned chairs and a booth one might find in a café or restaurant.

—Ryan Collerd for Education Week

But experts and educators say there is more to it than just moving desks around

Peek into the buildings in Pascack Valley Regional High School District and you’ll see diner-like booths to help with collaboration in one classroom, stadium seating in another, and in others, soft seating, including couches and bean bag chairs. The hallways

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What Differentiated Instruction Is Not: A Teacher’s Perspective

Opinion

—Robert Nuebecker for Education Week

Differentiation can’t mean “everything all the time”

By

Chad Towarnicki

In the middle schools where I have taught, differentiated instruction is understood in multiple ways. The veteran educators tend to call it a “new name for the same old things.” Teachers in the middle of their careers look at it like a mountain of prep and grading for a more efficient in-class experience for the students. The young and bright-eyed educators come into the field with the idea that differentiation equals “everything all the time.”

Each group has a point. It is therefore crucial

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TikTok: Powerful Teaching Tool or Classroom Management Nightmare?

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Earlier this school year, Andrew Kozlowksy noticed one of his students out in the hallway, dancing. What was she up to?

Making a TikTok, the student told him.

After serving as an impromptu background dancer in her video, Kozlowsky, a teacher at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Md., did some research on the platform. Now, he’s started using it in his social studies class. He gave his students the option of making TikTok videos to demonstrate their understanding of the Missouri compromise of 1820, a key event in the lead-up to the American Civil War.

“That can be

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‘Classroom Management Is About Being Proactive’ – Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo

 (This is the last post in a four-part series. You can see Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three here.)

The new question-of-the-week is:

What are your best classroom-management tips?


In Part One, suggestions came from Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Rita Platt, Gabriella Corales, Leticia Skae-Jackson, and Madeline Whitaker Good.  You can listen to a 10-minute conversation I had with Rita, Heather, and Gabriella on my BAM! Radio Show. You can also find a list of, and links to, previous shows here.

In Part Two, Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D., Jenny Edwards, April Croy, Lori Jackson,

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Classroom Management ‘Is All About Relationships’ – Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo

(This is the third post in a four-part series. You can see Part One here and Part Two here.)

The new question-of-the-week is:

What are your best classroom-management tips?


In Part One, suggestions came from Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Rita Platt, Gabriella Corales, Leticia Skae-Jackson, and Madeline Whitaker Good.  You can listen to a 10-minute conversation I had with Rita, Heather, and Gabriella on my BAM! Radio Show. You can also find a list of, and links to, previous shows here.

In Part Two, Sheldon L. Eakins, Ph.D., Jenny Edwards, April Croy, Lori Jackson, Shauna Tominey,  Megan McClelland,

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What Are Your Best Classroom-Management Tips? – Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo

The new question-of-the-week is:

What are your best classroom-management tips?


Please share your thoughts in the comments or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. 

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