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  • The Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for a Positive Classroom

    The Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for a Positive Classroom

    Now that a new year has rolled around once again, it’s the perfect time of year to think about making resolutions in your classroom. Here is my list of the top ten habits to develop so that your classroom runs smoothly, there are fewer problem behaviors, the children learn more, and you find more joy in teaching:

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  • Preparing for Testing without Stressing

    Preparing for Testing without Stressing

    Are your children asking to go to the bathroom every ten minutes? Are they sharpening their pencils until they’re just stubs? Have you sent more kids to the nurse in the last week than you have all year? It must be close to testing time!

    In schools all over the country, teachers are preparing their students for standardized testing. Read More

  • How to Get Children to Take Care of Materials

    How to Get Children to Take Care of Materials

              I just got finished designing the costumes for a school play and I was so impressed with how well the children took care of their things during those five days of busy chaos. This got me thinking about how we teach children to be respectful of their property – and classroom materials. Read More

  • Stop the Stoplights!

    Stop the Stoplights!

             With school starting up again, I’m sure to see more of the latest behavioral management fad: Large stoplights in which the children’s names start out on green, then move to yellow and red for behavioral infractions. These are used with good intentions, of course, but fail miserably to improve children’s behaviors. Read More