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Troubleshoot Classrooms

Challenging classrooms? Here, you will find innovative teaching strategies, preventative and restorative behaviour development (management) teacher tips. They're hands-on, fun and practical strategies for not only addressing behaviour in challenging classrooms but pushing the innovative envelope.

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Teaching Strategy # 35 - Code in the classroom

Posted by anonymous on May 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Itchy? Get into Scratch!

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If you have any tech savvy or particularly inquisitive students in your class, set them a homework challenge that is fun - Scratch.

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Teaching Strategy # 34 - How to check for understanding

Posted by anonymous on April 27, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Checking for understanding

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Checking for understanding is inself an art. You need to make sure your questions are not leading, but give enough of an example so that you get the info you need. Asking 'do you...

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Teaching Strategy #33 - How to get students engaged

Posted by anonymous on April 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Tip # 33 - How do you get students engaged?  Be excited!

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Emotions are contagious.  If you talk excitedly about your topic, even if you are faking it, your students will pick up on the excitement and you will have their attention. Show this visual...

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Teaching Strategy # 32 - How to settle students when they enter the classroom

Posted by anonymous on April 8, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

How the heck do I get them to settle when they come in - spelling!

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This is a great activity to settle & focus on the task. You can either have the spelling words pre-planned or fly-by-the seat-of-your-pants & quickly use an assessment piece or textbook chapter. Have the students number 1-10 & write...

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Teaching Strategy # 31 - How to make your lesson fun

Posted by anonymous on April 8, 2014 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Make it fun (and they inadvertently learn!)

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Want to make sure everyone knows how to find their way around any textbook?  Play I AM THE BEST!  Ensure all students have the same textbook closed on the desk, with their hands on their heads.  Tell them that they need to find one of the word...

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Teaching Strategy # 30 - How to relate to your class

Posted by anonymous on April 2, 2014 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Make it relative...

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When you have a particularly dry topic, try to link it with something that will pique the student's interest. For example, I recently had to revisit how to correctly reference in an assignment .... zzzzz ... oh, sorry, I fell asleep at the thought of it! I'm sure this will be the response...

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Teaching Strategy # 29 - How to get through the lesson when you're not well

Posted by anonymous on April 2, 2014 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dealing with classes when you're under the weather

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If you are not well, just watching a video for the entire lesson just will not cut it! Play a student run game like Bump to warm up their bodies & brains for the lesson. ...

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Teaching Strategy #28 - How to improve your memory

Posted by anonymous on March 26, 2014 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Make it memorable!

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Build a memory palace - it links the knowledge to a physical act or place. We were learning about 2-way tables in Yr 8 maths today & I took my kids (with their pen and a book, through the rain!) to the underc...

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Teaching Strategy #27 - The art of self evaluation

Posted by anonymous on March 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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Was it me?


I understand that not everyone reflects on their lessons by asking 'was it me?', but you should! Most problems occur because of how we do things in the class. Feelings are contagious & kids pick up on what's going on, without you even realising what you're putting out there! If you're n...

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Teaching Strategy #26 - How to warm up your brain

Posted by anonymous on March 20, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

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Warm up their brains!

 

If you need students to be participating, giving feedback or working in groups, start with a brainstorm warm up. This gets the kids thinking in a fun way & they'll be pretty keen to share their answers. Once their brain is activated, you'll have mo...

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Standardised Tests - do they really make sense?

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Standardised testing - does it really make sense to grade students on whether or not they perform in exams?

 

I feel like we're doing a disservice to our kids by totally discounting any success they have with solving problems/demonstrating the...

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Donate your voice (no, you don't have to be dead)!

Posted by anonymous on March 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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This afternoon I filled in a form to become a voice donor.

'What the hell does that mean?' Well, people with disabilities that are unable to vocalise fully have limited options for their computerised voice (the Stephen Hawking version). This means that little girls are given the same voice type as an adult male.

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Tip #25 - Like me, nature abhors a vacuum!

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Like me, nature abhors a vacuum!

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Be planned & expect if you leave gaps in lesson structure (like if a website doesn't load & you need another way into it, or worse, a completely different activity), students will fill the gaps with their own (usually undesirable) ...

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Tip #24 - Give immediate feedback for good behaviour.

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Give immediate feedback for good behaviour.
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When students are working in class & you want them focused on their task, use a program like Class Dojo (sign up for free on the intern...

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Wise words ...

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Tip #23 - Getting settled after lunch

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Getting the students to settle & focus after running around all lunch.

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Try 5 minutes of Silent Time. During this time, as the title suggests, it' sit me to be silent. The students can put their heads down on the desk for a quick nap, lie down on the floor (providing you're n...

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Tip #22 - Dry topic? Make it edible!

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Turning potentially dry topics into fun by making it edible!

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My esteemed colleague, Lauren Philp & I hit the shops this afternoon, on a mission to make probability edible. I have armed myself with lollies & miscellaneous surprises. How would you suggest the learning/fun feast r...

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Teaching Strategy #21 - The kid's brains have logged out?

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The kid's brains have logged out?

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Get them moving! Take them outside & play a game. 'Bump' (click on the link) is one of my favourites.

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Tip #20 - Converting what students can verbally tell you, into writing

Posted by anonymous on March 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Having trouble getting kids to convert what they can verbally tell you into writing?

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Use their phone to record the questions you ask & their response. They can go back over it & replay it, long after you're gone without having to feel stupid about forgetting what was s...

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