Browsing Posts tagged classroom management

Harry Wong, author of The First 100 Days of School, has set up a 20-question quiz for teachers about classroom management and daily routines. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on one’s practice and teaching effectiveness.

BY KEVIN HODGSON What’s a classroom if not a place for motivation? We want to encourage our students to reach inward and for their very best. We do this with words and actions, but sometimes, a well-placed poster or saying can help, too. Poster-Street is a site that offers up free downloads of inspirational posters […]

BY BILL FERRIS Dividing your class into teams is an activity fraught with peril. Friends cluster together, shy kids awkwardly ask if they can join a group, and all that jostling can eat up several minutes. You could pick teams yourself, but doing so makes things too complicated — you have to put Little Johnny […]

BY BILL FERRIS One of the oldest classroom management tricks in the book is to use a timer to keep your students on schedule. Just finished a math lesson? Let them know they have two minutes to get ready for science. Big test today? They have 45 minutes to finish it. A timer sets clear […]

BY BILL FERRIS Who doesn’t love moving furniture? The answer, of course, is pretty much everybody. Changing up the floor plan for your classroom involves moving desks, rugs and shelves around until you achieve feng shui (or you just say “good enough” and give up), or killing a few trees as you sketch up then […]

BY BILL FERRIS Happy Monday, dear readers. To ease you back into the work week, I thought we’d begin with a fun ice breaker. (Well, I think it’s fun. Your actual fun may vary.) Consider the tattoo in the picture. Someone, quite possibly a mad scientist, has gotten the entire periodic table tattooed on his […]

BY BILL FERRIS This week’s MBTN features foods that will keep you healthy, a new job-search site for teachers, and tips for stopping conflicts. Read more after the jump.

BY BILL FERRIS I like construction paper on classroom bulletin boards as much as the next guy. Cut-out letters on a solid background are a classic look. But consider for a moment what your bulletin board would look like if it instead had a six-foot by four-foot picture of the solar system, or a huge […]

BY BILL FERRIS Students have gotten used to doing things electronically. Your classroom doesn’t have to be an exception thanks to LectureTools, a learning management thingy from the University of Michigan. Developers designed LectureTools with huge, impersonal college lecture courses in mind. However, there’s a lot here that K-12 teachers can use, too (though some […]

Keep your students on task with Timer, a simple and stylish timer application. Timer works much like Class Timer in that you can easily set a countdown timer that plays an obnoxious noise when it hits zero. However, Timer’s interface is much more slick. For starters, you can program the time right […]