Posts tagged classroom management
The importance of putting teachers first

We put students first by putting teachers first. It took several years of teaching before I fully appreciated the logic and legitimacy of that line. In a world where a teacher’s job description looks like a balancing act between educator, social worker, nurse, and administrator, taking time to prioritize self-care is extremely important.

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Three Steps to Prevent Burnout

I grew up an hour outside of New York City, and was raised in a community where rest is something one earns.

Does that narrative sound familiar to anyone else?

Here are three steps I find helpful in preventing burnout

1. Giving myself permission to rest and scheduling that time into my calendar.  Whenever I can, I am not scheduling more time to work after my evening workouts or dinner. I want to savor the time spent with friends, the post-workout bliss, or yummy meal to really reap the benefits of relaxation.

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Three Tips to Make Sure Your Homeroom is Successful

While I haven’t mastered the use of homeroom / advisory time, the following three steps helped me by lightening my load (I let other people plan homeroom for me!) and turning homeroom into a time of positive relationship building.

  1. Remember you’re not on an island

    Leverage community partners and let others work for you. From social & emotional learning programs to ice breakers there are amazing resources out there built by teachers. I utilized CNN Student News (now called CNN 10) and a corresponding worksheet a friend of mine created to foster a climate of civic engagement and ASSET’s social & emotional learning tools, which come with all the materials necessary for implementation, to help my students develop strategies for how to regulate their stress.

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How Social & Emotional Learning Programs Improve Classroom Management

One day after a particularly problematic period, I walked into a co-worker’s room where the quote was on the wall: “Students don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” I realized this quote was in need of an update. I’m now convinced the 2019 version of this quote should read: “Students don't care how much you know, until they see you explicitly teach them how you care.” After all we are teachers; students expect us to go beyond showing and concretely teach them something.

Leveraging social & emotional learning (SEL) programs radically improved my classroom management by:

  1. Investing students in co-creating a positive culture

  2. Teaching students how to respond to stress and other triggers

  3. Giving me a chance to calm myself before responding to any misbehavior

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Why Student Reflection on New Activities is So Important

Importance of Student Reflection

The DSST: GVR case study, while proving the positive impact of the curriculum, drove home one point very clearly: opportunities for student reflection when trying new activities is crucial. From this insight, Drew Madson, an ASSET teacher, had the idea for an ASSET Student Toolbox Worksheet. The Student Toolbox, now a component of the curriculum, provides students the opportunity to pause after experiencing a new social & emotional learning tool and reflect on whether that tool helps them regulate their stress.

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