classroom behavior management

As I’ve mentioned before, fostering the development of a positive and supportive classroom community is a high priority for me. One of the ways I support this is through my classroom Shout-Out circles. At the onset, I teach students about the purpose of having a Shout-Out circle and expectations around what a Shout-Out should focus…

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This past summer I had the opportunity to teach summer school. I knew at the start, that some of my students had a tendency to get escalated or leave the room when frustrated. I decided to use a calming space within my classroom to help with this. At the onset, I taught what the space…

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I have found embedded in the day-to-day activities, routines, and structure of my classroom, ample opportunities for the instruction and development of interpersonal skills. One such example is seating, something that I do not leave up to chance. I decided at the onset of starting in general education, that I would switch the seating in…

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Picture yourself walking into a meeting or presentation that has already started. You’re at least ten minutes late and you have no idea what’s going on or what you should be doing. What do you do to get “up to speed” and assimilate with what the group is doing? For me, it is looking around…

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