Behavior management. Sigh. This is something I struggle with, especially in the transition from high school to middle school. Continue reading
What’s the solution to disruptive, easily-distracted students while not taking anything away from productive, doing-what-they’re-supposed-to students?
For me, and for my English 10 classes, the solution was a Task List/Work Day. Continue reading
Yesterday was my first day of school: 10th and 11th grade English students! Hooray!
Going in I was a little nervous, but I had two goals for each period:
- Get to know the kids (name-game and at least 1 unique fact about each of them)
- Log them into their computers and give them access to the Google classroom site for their specific class period
In the week before classes began, I made these handy-dandy mini-binders which would be a great way to organize my class periods and computer information. I have to admit, I got this idea from my cooperating teacher Mrs. Stanton, but I put together the binders and adapted the idea to fit my classrooms. Continue reading
One of the first activities I had my new students do is make name tags. Okay, sounds a little elementary, right? Wrong. Even though making name tags on the first day might be something done back in Kindergarten, there’s a way to make it relevant for even secondary students. [Or at least somewhat!] And that’s by making it a name activity rather than just a tag. Continue reading
I don’t like the phrase ‘classroom rules’. I prefer ‘classroom expectations,’ so that’s what I implemented and talked about my first day of my first placement at Mason City High School. Continue reading
Here’s a little something I came across in one of my earlier clinical placements: Continue reading
I believe that through creating a curriculum that is driven, focused, and engaging, I will foster inherent behavior management in my classroom that will not only motivate my students to be self-directed learners, but also ensures that together we are accountable for their learning.
I believe that students learn best in environments where they feel safe, yet are pushed outside of their comfort zones. My goal, as a teacher, is to create lessons and units that are both challenging and interesting, capturing student attention and therefore eliminating distractions and misbehavior. Through a curriculum that is both rigorous and fun, students will learn to be self-directed and responsible. They will grow both academically and as individuals, discovering their role in their learning and their role beyond the classroom.
As a future English teacher, my job is to make sure my classroom is safe, fun, orderly, and effective. One of the most basic ways I can do this is through a Social Contract. Continue reading