• Start a lesson plan notebook or journal. Some days your lessons will surpass your expectations; other days, you‘ll wonder what went wrong. Create a notebook with copies of your lesson plans and two sets of worksheets. Keep notes on what works and what doesn’t, writing directly on the lesson plan or one copy of the worksheet. When you go back to revise or recreate lessons for the next school year, you will have a good record of what worked—and what you can build on.
  • Don’t sell your class short. Avoid telling your class “This is easy,” “This will be fun,”…

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 ‘Be picky’ and 24 other great tips for teachers on how to manage a classroom
(By Charles Rex Arbogast/ AP)

While an education reform policy debate becomes ever more furious around the country, teachers still have to teach every day. Here, from edutopia.org, are 25 great tips to help teachers keep their classrooms in control. The most brilliant teacher can’t help kids learn if he/she can’t manage the classroom.

Whether you’re a new or experienced teacher, strategies for effective classroom management are vital to keeping your class running smoothly and creating a positive learning environment. In this guide you’ll find the 25 best tips for classroom management contributed by the educators of Edutopia’s community.


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If trends persist, 75% of today's students entering high school will not complete the post-secondary education required to thrive in our globalized world. Yikes. According to the Freshman Transition Initiative (FTI) of George Washington University, a student's plans for post-secondary education often hinges on the attitudes they develop in the 8th and 9th grade about themselves, their futures, and their educations.

When you think of a high school drop-out, your mind may first go to a child who lacks motivation or goofs off. Rebecca M. Dedmond, Ph.D., and Director of FTI says that, in fact, many drop-outs are very bright.…

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As every teacher undoubtedly knows, how we feel in the classroom influences how we teach. When we have a bad night’s sleep, it can influence how we work the next day. Likewise, when we are feeling stressed, this has an impact on our teaching; for example, we may be less patient with our students.

This is true for students too. How they feel impacts on how they function in the classroom. Given all this, teacher and student wellbeing is vital for motivation and optimal functioning in the classroom.

Over the past several decades, there has been interest among educational psychologists…

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In the virtual world, the definition of a student-teacher relationship is hazy, particularly on social networks like Facebook and MySpace, where adults and teens share the same forums to connect and keep in touch with friends, classmates, relatives, and co-workers. Chances are, your teen has already found her teachers on Facebook and sent friend requests to join their networks.

But is it appropriate for your child to “friend” a teacher on a social network? Terrence Jegaraj, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, primarily adds former teachers or instructors from summer programs in which he has participated. “I am…

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