Category Archives: Classroom Management

Structuring for Choice—The Teacher’s Role

  UPDATE  January 18, 2016 Angela Watson has an excellent article about helping students become more effective at managing their own learning.  Hope you’ll take the time to check it out.  Her suggestions are always very direct, clear, and easy … Continue reading

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Including All Students in General Education Classrooms

Inclusion of special needs children into classrooms of general education students seems to be a difficult area for many teachers. Throughout my career, I was involved in many conversations about how to accomplish this very worthwhile task while meeting everyone’s … Continue reading

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Inclusion: Try a Workshop Style Approach

Workshop style teaching involves presenting a lesson to the whole group, releasing students to practice the lesson skills presented, working individually with students and small groups during the work period in order to learn more about what the students can … Continue reading

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An Ideal Learner’s Workshop

I love workshop style teaching, probably because it empowers children, and teachers, to learn in ways that best suit them.  It is student-centered, can be self-directed, and is easy, easy, easy, to differentiate to meet the needs of everyone.  A … Continue reading

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The Golden Rule

I love the Golden Rule.   It has been a standard of behavior in societies around the world for thousands of years, and I think it makes a complex idea fairly concrete, providing a good basis for discussing empathy and compassion with … Continue reading

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Individualized Morning Work Binders

I came across this article from Special Education Station, which describes the use of individualized morning work binders.  The binders are very manipulative, and look fairly easy to manage.  Plastic sleeves are used to hold work pages (I don’t really … Continue reading

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Inclusion–Integrate your Instruction!

Integrating instruction across all subject areas provides a lot of structure and support for students who find school-learning difficult.  The day is focused on one particular subject which the children are exploring and evaluating through reading, writing, speaking, listening, thinking, … Continue reading

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Something is wrong when…

I was talking with a colleague the other day and she said, “When I’m working harder than my kids are, something is wrong!” Wow!  A simple, but profound statement, seems to me.  I wish she’d said this to me 19 … Continue reading

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Build on What You Have–Literature Book Boxes

A colleague, Marilyn H., provided me with one of the most useful items for integrating instruction through thematic teaching that I ever used.  She brought literature book boxes to our school.  Here’s what she did and how they work: Marilyn … Continue reading

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