Classroom Culture and Management

Creating and Maintaining a Successful Educator/Parent Team

  • by Cindy Jones
  • Feb. 7, 2021, 4:46 p.m.

Sometimes when working with the parents of your students, things can get tense. I would like to offer some tips that have helped me throughout my years in education as a general and special education teacher, consultant, and administrator.

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Prepare to Reconnect Students to Learning after the Holidays

  • by Cindy Jones
  • Dec. 12, 2020, 4:45 p.m.

The COVID pandemic has disrupted many students’ connection to school and learning. Some students depend so much on school for their social interaction, for a lot of resources, and for just the comfort of something consistent. This is a difficult time to be a teacher AND a student. What steps can we employ to help students reconnect and stay connected to school?

Here are ideas that have worked for educators both in the classroom and on-line.

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Impactful Virtual Learning: Tech Tools to Keep Your Students Cognitively Engaged

  • by Ashley Taplin
  • Sept. 12, 2020, 11:34 a.m.

By Ashley Taplin

Jamboard: Google Jamboard is a great tool to use both synchronously and asynchronously to enable students to display their thinking and foster collaboration. The board includes virtual pens and highlighters, text boxes, sticky notes, and uploading images/gifs.

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Using Brain Strategies to Impact Student Learning

  • by Cindy Jones
  • Sept. 12, 2020, 11:33 a.m.

By Cindy Jones

Students’ behaviors have changed a lot in the past ten years. Today’s educators need specific strategies to help keep students engaged and learning. These strategies, which are based on current brain research, also reduce boredom and acting out behaviors.

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Establishing Culture and Community through the Houses Systems

  • by Kelly Harmon
  • Sept. 12, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

The Why

Professional collaboration was at play two weeks ago when I went to my fellow teacher (and sister-in-law) Christe Montgomery to ask for ideas for building community and managing behavior. She suggested the Ron Clark Academy house system that her school implements. It sounded fun and engaging, so I rallied the troops in 4th grade and we went for it. It was a hit very quickly. The house system teaches teamwork, responsibility, teamwork, friendship, and leadership.

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