Angela Watson's Teaching Ideas
·Resources, tips, tricks, and strategies for classroom management. #classroommanagement #classroommanagementstrategies #classroommanagementideas
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To solve for ALL kids, start with ONE...
Sometimes problems seem insurmountable. But what if you tried creating change for kids just one name at a time?In this article and Truth for Teachers podcast episode, I’ll share how often the solution to big problems is solving smaller ones.You’ll hear NYT bestselling author Dan Heath share a short case study from Chicago Public Schools that illustrates how this name-by-name approach worked for reducing dropout rates.
How to use the Enneagram with students to build class culture
Building a classroom is so much more than desk formations and pretty bulletin boards. It is cultivating strong relationships with your students and learning the nuances of their personalities to help them learn and grow. The Enneagram is a helpful way to get to know your students so that you can create the best learning environment possible.
The World’s Easiest Token System for Behavior Management
The system described here is excerpted from The Cornerstone book. It was featured in Education World and was listed as a resource on the National Education Association’s website shortly thereafter. While I love creating new plans and have since experimented with numerous other behavior management systems over the years, the World’s Easiest Token System will always be special to me because of its powerful resonance with other teachers and its positive impact on so many classrooms.
10 ways to calm a class after lunch or recess
10 classroom management tips for keeping a classroom calm after lunch or recess. I and my teachers in elementary school personally used these strategies. They are super easy to implement that you can start using one of these tomorrow!
15 creative & respectful ways to quiet a class
Any teacher can relate, it's exhausting to keep asking your class to keep it down. So I went on Facebook to ask how teachers they are doing it in their classrooms. In this post, I rounded up quiet classroom ideas from that Facebook discussion, plus classroom management tips that worked in my own classroom then.
The best ideas from the Distance Learning Playbook by Fisher & Frey
We’re talking to Doug Fisher about the best practices in distance learning from their book with John Hattie — The Distance Learning Playbook: K-12 Teaching For Engagement and Impact in Any Setting. Our conversation covered plenty of practical tips for remote learning, specifically in the areas of student engagement and motivation, teacher clarity, online instruction, building relationships, asynchronous/synchronous learning, and more.
22 classroom systems that make my teaching easier
As I’ve been in Angela’s 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club for a full year now, (and then one year in the graduate program), I would like to post a short reflection of a few things I’ve gained from the club these past two years.The strategies I’ve gained through the club have allowed me to leave work at work with few exceptions. My firm cut off time is 5:30 pm, which is 2 hours extra beyond contracted hours. (And remember, nothing comes home!)
How to use parent surveys to build connections with families
These surveys been really instrumental in helping me get feedback and make sure I’m meeting kids’ needs, and they’ve been an invaluable way to document my attempts at outreach. I’ve created the surveys in a ready-to-print PDF as well as a fully editable PowerPoint file so you can alter the parent survey wording and print your own customized version. #parentsurveys #tipsforteachers #teacherhacks
The Cornerstone Pro-Active Behavior Management Online Course
This online course is a series of 7 video sessions that will help you construct a self-running classroom that frees you to TEACH! The focus is on teaching students to become responsible and self-reliant, and helping you maximize your instructional time. It’s designed for teachers who work with students aged 4-11.
When your students misbehave for other teachers
I have totally been in your position so many times, and I know it’s incredibly frustrating. Though there's not much you can do in most cases, here are some important things you must keep in mind. #behaviormanagement #classroommanagement #tipsforteachers #newteachers #teachermindset
One simple email can nurture parent-teacher relationships...even if you've never met.
At the beginning of the year, I began composing weekly emails. I thought about what a student or parent might actually want to read — what would make them click on it and skim through it, rather than deleting or ignoring it? I devised a plan for what I thought would be useful.
Do you hold these 3 limiting beliefs about students?
If you’re feeling frustrated in the classroom because it seems like your students are simply refusing to learn, then it might be time to take a step back and rethink the way you see the situation. We’ll take a look at some of the commonly-held limiting beliefs and assumptions about “bad” students and how this might be shaping your teaching experience.
How to humanize your classroom so kids are known, valued, respected, & safe
I think almost every teacher, at least in the U.S., is feeling a distance from their students this year, whether it’s from trying to stay 6 feet away or teaching remotely. Humanizing your classroom is a big part of bridging the gap, according to Dave.
22 classroom systems that make my teaching easier
My classroom library books are organized by genre and author. Classroom Librarians (student jobs) keep it in order. Students are free to borrow one book at a time on the honor system. I do NOT even attempt to keep track. Pillows are for bottoms only. They are not allowed to put their heads on them.
4 ways time management habits get derailed (and how to get back on track)
In this episode, I’m talking with Kendall, a grade 4 teacher in Alberta, Canada. Kendall has made a tremendous amount of changes to her workflow and is doing really well with time management overall, but there are a few areas where she’s having trouble sticking to her habits and best practices. #timemanagementforteachers #classroommanagement #tipsforteachers