5 simple Hacks to improve questions and answers in your classroom

Asking questions is one of the best ways to get students thinking about a topic. However, not all questions are created equal. Some questions are simply factual recitations or closed questions that can be easily answered with a yes or no.

To increase student engagement and understanding, ask...

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The surprising truth about classroom management

For years, classroom management has been a huge part of the teacher training process. While this is an extremely important area to master, one fact that many new teachers don't realize when they're in their classrooms for the first time is that classroom management isn't really about...

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Become a Guide on the Side with Student Learning Centers

By Starr Sackstein

Too often, when I walked into secondary classrooms as an instructional coach or leader, I was disheartened to find students sitting in rows, not truly engaging with the material being presented. It was evident that the teachers loved their content and some students loved...

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Setting and Modeling High Expectations

In his popular book, Hacking Classroom Management, Utah English Teacher of the Year and sought-after speaker Mike Roberts brings you 10 quick and easy classroom management hacks that will make your classroom the place to be for all your students.

He shows you how to create an...

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Mediation and Restorative Justice: Creating a culture of communication in the classroom

Educators don’t always give students a voice when they make a mistake. Punitive systems require that blame be assigned to one party, and punishment be given to address the behavior.

However, punitive consequences mean creating a temporary bandage for an issue. They do very little when it...

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Repair the Harm: Teaching students to take direct responsibility for their actions

Suspensions, detentions, and referrals to the office all have one common flaw: they are exclusionary processes.

Asher threw pencil + Finlee threw pencil = two referrals to the office. They are both removed from the class and “taught” a lesson through the consequence. Throwing pencils...

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It's A Classroom Not A Bootcamp: Classroom Management 2.0

THE PROBLEM: TEACHERS START THE YEAR WITH “NO”

 Ah, yes—the first day of class. That special time of the year when everything starts fresh.

New students. New ideas. New opportunities.

And the same old first-day routine. If you are like many teachers, the first day of...

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Restorative Justice in the Classroom: 5 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility

According to the Civil Rights Data Collection, of the 49 million students enrolled in public schools in 2011–2012, 3.5 million were suspended in-school, 3.45 million were suspended out-of-school, and 130,000 were expelled.

Another concerning fact from this source is that black students are...

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It’s Time To Allow The F Word In Your Classroom

When someone asks how your day was, do you say, “it was so satisfying?” Do you exit a roller coaster and exclaim, “That was a very satisfying ride?” When you last dined at a 5-star restaurant, did you tell the server that you just couldn’t wait for a satisfactory...

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How To Be The Kind Of Teacher They Make Movies About And Eliminate Classroom Management Problems Forever

Mike Roberts did what so few teachers have been able to do: He cracked the code on classroom management.

Roberts, 2014 Utah English Teacher of the Year and author of Hacking Classroom Management: 10 Ideas To Help You Become the Type of Teacher They Make Movies About, says that class...

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