20 Dead Simple Classroom Management Ideas, Tricks, and Tips

September 4, 2012 Joel Wagner 2
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I have written extensively in the past about classroom management and I admit I have glossed over some things while belaboring other points way beyond the point of exhaustion. Below are a few of the common classroom management pieces of advice and a handful of simple tricks to use in effort to make those things happen. Try one or two and see if things become easier…

  • Work on your pacing
    • Slow down your rate of speech; kids don’t comprehend information as fast as we do
    • Be silent more often; silence allows kids to reflect more on what has been said
    • Communicate urgency without getting frantic
    • Be in control of what you say and how you say it
    • Don’t argue with
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It’s Not Our Beliefs That Transfer…It’s Our Passion

November 25, 2010 Joel Wagner 0
This article has been viewed 2,881 times.

A friend recently mailed me a copy of the book The Line and the Dot: Alternative thoughts on vision by Paul Gibbs. The book intrigued me because there is very little information on the outside of the book and I trust my friend’s recommendation. So I began reading a little bit. Tonight I came across the following excerpt:

During my time as a school pupil, I had learned a valuable lesson. In the religious education I’d received, I had two different teachers. They both taught me about Christianity, but one turned me off of God, and one turned me on to God. The first taught the program. The second taught passion.

The head of PSE agreed and gave me opportunities ...

Pacing: What Every Great Band Director Knows

September 25, 2008 Joel Wagner 6
This article has been viewed 8,200 times.

One of the greatest challenges that I had as a first year teacher was with classroom management. I’ve mentioned that a number of times before and I think most first year teachers go through that.

As with most, I noticed that I had some days where the kids were good, and others where they were bad. It was just so unpredictible. But why?

What made those days so unpredictible?
I honestly think it was a combination of things. But the most important factor in the behavior of the kids had to do with how much dead time they had. How much time they were unoccupied and had to find something to do to keep themselves occupied.

How do you keep ...

Repiteaching

July 25, 2008 Jason Oller 7
This article has been viewed 1,435 times.

This article was written by Jason, a high school junior high school student. The term repiteaching was created by Mister Teacher. I think the perspective that Jason takes here is interesting.

Repiteaching is the act of reteaching something already taught according to Mister Teacher. It is annoying to students and teachers alike.

I admit I need some repiteaching in English but it is annoying in Math. It’s boring after the teacher explains it about three times. Some people in my Honors class don’t pay attention until the review before the weekly test. That takes about half the class time and the class is usually shortened due to the weekly pep rallies in football season so we have little time due ...

The State of the Blog: 09/01/07

September 1, 2007 Joel Wagner 0
This article has been viewed 1,153 times.

The most popular post I made to the blog in the entire month of August was The State of the Blog: 08/01/07. I glanced through it again today and was impressed by the changes that have happened in a month. Specifically, in the readership and authority arenas. it’s funny how a little change each day is much less noticeable when viewed daily than it is when viewed from a greater distance.

While numbers fluctuate from day to day, FeedBurner tells me that I have averaged 52 subscribers throughout the last 30 days. That number is up to 60 as of this morning. A month ago, we were hanging at 35. My Technorati Authority number has gone from 13 to 24 ...

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