Flexible Seating Stories From a Non-Flexible Teacher

Anna Grace WaddellBlog, Class Management, Innovation

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In This Post: The flexible seating movement has been going strong for a while now. There is a big misconception that the optimal learning environment requires kids to sit in desks with hard chairs. Flexible Seating Does Not Equal No Structure Not all teachers are the same Get out of your comfort zone. Even if flexible seating is too much, … Read More

Behavior is a Coded Message

Zachary KorthBlog, Class Management, Engagement, Survival

In This Post: Behavior is  a coded message, often asking us for help. Students ask for things in the most unloving ways. We need to dig into the real reasons for behavior issues. Authenticity is key. Be vulnerable. Check out the free resources below. When I first started teaching about 9 years ago (I had already been in the Navy … Read More

Top 6 Classroom Management Pet Peeves

Tiffany OttBlog, Class Management, Video

Video Highlights: Tiffany Ott gets on a soapbox about her top 6 classroom management Pet Peeves! When should you punish the whole class for the actions of a few? Never! Let’s talk about recess Consistency, consistency, consistency Public shaming? I don’t think so! When you need help, get help! About Tiffany Ott Tiffany Ott is the Director of Curriculum Development … Read More

Level Up Your Classroom With Gamification

Mary Ellen RileyClass Management, Engagement, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Technology

Level Up Your Classroom With Gamification

In This Post: Consider gamification to level-up your classroom. Gamification is simply adding game elements to something that is not a game.   Students love games and may be more engaged, and more likely to retain the information when gamified. Several examples of tools to gamify any unit. Ready to make your school year memorable (in a good way)?  Want to … Read More

Dear Desk, It’s Not You, It’s Me: Promoting Student Agency

Katie AlvarezBlog, Class Management, Innovation, Lesson Planning, Mastery Learning, Self-Paced Learning

Promoting Student Agency

In This Post: After removing a desk from our learning space, my students reacted with excitement. My realization was that I was too focused on how I saw things, and not on how THEY see them. This lead to 5 pedagogical shifts to promote student agency. In a lonely corner of an elementary classroom stood an oversized wooden desk.  Its … Read More