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Thanks for the tips! I think

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Thanks for the tips! I think managing a classroom is one of the toughest tasks in any profession. Accordingly, I created a free tool for myself and other teachers to use to assist with it. It is http://www.sharpclass.com and it can be used to facilitate some of the advice you gave in this post. anyhow, thanks again and good luck to all.

Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

I think using a positive

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I think using a positive approach works in teaching and especially parenting. While we can work on taking things away and punishment, long term positive change comes from reinforcing good behavior and letting the minor stuff go as much as possible.

Collective punishment always ends up pitting kids against each other, and unless there is a significant portion of the class involved, it does more to divide than unite the room. You've gotta use that one carefully, if at all.

And the secret positive reinforcement weapon- send a "Your kid is doing great/making big strides" note home, or call with good news for parents. They'll never forget it.

K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

I'm a firm believer in using

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I'm a firm believer in using positive strategies in the classroom, and this is a great place to start for those less familiar.

Kelly, I completely agree with you on the value of humor in the classroom. Building real relationships with our students requires us to be real people with them.

Student Motivation

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Hey Larry,

Thanks for the Tips.. I have been using a positive classroom management style based on student motivation for a few years now. The Summer is a good time to go back and reflect on what went well and go back to the fundamentals of building a positive classroom environment. Looking forward to ordering your book and reading this summer.

Special Educator in Lancaster, NH

Excellent suggestions, I see

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Excellent suggestions, I see some definite positives for my classroom as well as sharing with my peers. Thank you.

Great post and excellent

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Great post and excellent tips.

Special Education Teacher from Kansas City, Missouri

Great Ideas

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First, the rubrics with the substitue has to be one of the best ideas for managment while you are away. As a student teacher, I have seen many instances where the students can be unruly while their regular teacher is away. I think that this really an interesting and accurate way to find out how classroom behavior was in you absence and it is also a great way to hold students accountable for their actions. One o f the concerns with substitutes is usually that students view their presence as an opportunity to do whatever they wish with no accountability.

Also, I think you made a great point in saying that the classroom managemnet should be positive. Throughout my coursework in my behavioral management classes, I have learned that explicit instructions is most effective. As opposed to telling students what they cannot do, providing them with options for what they can do is a much more proactive approach to problem behavior.

Instructional Coach

Great tips!

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Thanks for the ideas. I completely agree that a positive approach to classroom management works wonders. I have coached several teachers in my district regarding this concept.
I also think our instruction itself (the pacing of the lesson, for example) factors greatly into how many (or how few) classroom management issues we encounter.

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3rd Grade Teacher and Founder of Luria Learning

Mangement is so much more than control

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Thank you for sharing these tips. I have, over the years, done a lot of talking with my students about thoughts versus words. It is ok to have just about any thought in your head. It is not ok to say whatever is on your mind at any time.

Is it ok to think that you don't like the assignment? Yes! I don't like everything I have to do either.
Is it ok to shout out in class that you don't like the assignment? No. But, if this is an ongoing problem you can talk privately with me.

I teach my students to say, "May I talk with you please?" in private if they have a concern they want to share. This phrasing lets me know that I really need to listen, and that the student is going to disagree with me. We roll play how to do this in a respectful manner.

Thanks for this great post!
Sacha
www.luria-learning.blogspot.com

3rd Grade Teacher in Ohio

I have been teaching the same

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I have been teaching the same grade for over 7 years now. I like to think of myself of having great classroom management. I know there are full moons =), but I like to use humor in my classroom. I always remind them that I am here to have fun and teach, and I expect them to have fun and learn. Kenscore, I can totally relate to you and lose patients at times, but I always take a step back and tell myself that I don't know what they are dealing with at home. Since I have become a parent myself, I find that I try to put my son in that students position and what would I want his teacher to say to him. I think that when you put yourself into your teaching, you will always come out ahead. When you share your life, your students will respect and you will build great rapport with each and every one of them!

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