Episode 86: Classroom Management-Consequences

January 26, 2016

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You have your procedures and routines in place.

You have created your three to five class rules.

Now you need to make sure that you create possible consequences because you have to be prepared to address a student who makes a poor choice…

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And it’s going to happen.

I encourage you to revisit Harry Wong’s, The First Days of School and Brian Mendler’s, That One Kid.

Look at the section where Harry talks about everything being about choices: good choices and poor choices and they each have consequences. He talks about adults changing their mindset so that the adult thinks in terms of penalties, not punishments.

When you read Brian’s words, you will discover that he has a little different take on consequences. Well worth your time, because he was the kid who would push you to push him out of the classroom.

Today, I am focused on my …

Six Considerations When Looking at Consequences

1.      It’s just between you and the student.

2.      Involve parents each time.

3.      Make it as immediate as possible.

4.      Try to handle everything yourself (except emergencies and know the difference.)

5.      Post your consequences but don’t back yourself into a corner.

6.      It’s not personal… so don’t let it get there.


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Best wishes,

Steve

www.effectiveteaching.com (Harry Wong’s website)

www.brianmendler.com (Brian’s blog)

 

Length: 43:26

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Episode 85: Classroom Management: It’s OK to Startover

January 19, 2016
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Teaching is experiential.

We learn by making mistakes. We add new tools to our bag of tricks, by discovering what works.  We also learn that what works in this situation may not work in a different scenario. This is why successful teachers understand that you learn more about teaching by teaching.

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Today, I am focused on the idea that sometimes it is ok to start over. If you are dreading going to school or to that one class, then you are exhibiting signs of classroom management strugglingitus. Ok, not a real word, but what I am talking about is that you are having trouble with your classes and student behavior. This is why you need to give in and admit that you have a problem.  Once you do this, you can give yourself permission to start over.
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Here are my five considerations for making that do over happen:

1.      Admit you have a problem and choose a weekend.

2.      You have to be in control of you.

3.      Do you have procedures in place?

4.      Take a look at your classroom rules.

5.      Let’s go back to you



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You can do this!

Don’t wait. Start now.


Length: 31:38

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Episode 84: WriteWell App with Adi Thacker

January 12, 2016

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         Adi Thacker, CEO
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We know how hard it can be to write - we've all been paralyzed by the blank page. But the truth is, everyone can write well - it's just a question of process.

Adi says that writing is something that he had always struggled with as a first generation immigrant to the states. The concepts for the app grew from his experiences.

The app is meant to help build confidence in the process of writing. It helps get the writer past the blank page and into the substance of long-form writing. 

Its main audience is grades 6-12. Parents and teachers will find this tool useful.
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Adi notes that WriteWell is like using training wheels on a bike. 

It is meant to get the student to the point that she can gain the confidence to venture out on her own.

The app teaches the writer to write in chunks. These chunks are paragraphs that can be moved around on the screen. Check out a short video here. 


The chunks create the opportunity for the writer to go ahead and put ideas on the page. The new segment might actually be used later, or not all, but it gets the student to start.

The program also uses prompts that can help the writer begin.
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A series of templates help the writer organize her thoughts so that getting started may be made a little easier.
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Eventually, as the work is completed, the document can be exported as an MS Word file, a PDF file or as a Google Drive file.
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I wish I had had this app when I was learning writing. It would have gotten me past  that first, blank page so much quicker. 

I think that you will immediately see the benefits and value of the WriteWell app. 

To learn more check out the following links:








Length: 36:34
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