Category Archives: Prevent Problems

Develop your teacher presence

Check out this short video to help you develop a strong teacher presence in your classroom.  http://www.vimeo.com/19206502  Additional tips to keep in mind: Fewer words are stronger than more. Focus just on using the words that are most important for … Continue reading

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Visual Reminders: Community Contract

  Above, is an an example of a community contract that you can create with your students. Visual reminders are a great way to maintain and enforce expectations, especially like the contract above where students are asked to sign their … Continue reading

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Giving clear directions: 6 steps to success

Use an attention-getting/quiet procedure such as “hands up, mouths closed”, “if you can hear me clap once…”, or a chime to get all students’ attention. Insist on all students’ attention and do not proceed until you have every student’s eyes and ears.
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21st Century Skills

Learning the basic academic subjects is vital, but research suggests that the three R’s are no longer enough to prepare young people for success in the 21st century. Now, kids must also master the 21st Century Skills (also referred to as the New Basic Skills). Continue reading

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Expect Respect from Your Students

Setting expectations or “class norms” with students is crucial in the very beginning of your apprenticeship. New Jersey CT, Elnora Robertiello who taught the “Food Facts, Fictions, and Fairy Tales” apprenticeship wasn’t afraid to remind students about the class norms when necessary. She consistently referred … Continue reading

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Eliminate Distractions

A few simple tips to help you eliminate distractions during your lesson… Continue reading

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Set Up Your Classroom: “Stuff spots” and “Take 5” Areas

When students first enter the room, there should be a spot where students can put their backpacks, jackets, etc. away so they are not distracted by anything in them during your apprenticeship. This should be the very first thing students do. Continue reading

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What to do or say when students…

Remember when you were in middle school? It’s not an easy time in life, students go through lots of changes with friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, family, hormones, likes, dislikes, you name it. Working with middle school students is challenging, and sometimes it’s hard to even know what to say or do to get them through a difficult situation, especially if they are exhibiting less than ideal behavior. Here are a some examples of what you might do or say when students… Continue reading

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Keep it on the down low: What to do in the moment when behavior happens

All behavior issues should be dealt with as privately as possible. It’s more effective to cross a classroom and whisper to a student than to call across the classroom. Other students will be curious about what you’re saying to that student if you whisper, and the student will be more likely to take you seriously if you’re close to them.
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Keep Your Cool: Things to Consider about Student Behavior

There are a few factors to consider when your lesson is disrupted by a student’s behavior and you need to enforce rules and consequences. Your apprentices have been in school since 7 am. They might not have eaten a balanced breakfast or lunch. They might have received a bad grade on a test or had a fight with a friend. Every day is different, so it’s important to be flexible, understanding, and prepared with a few tricks up your sleeve when dealing with behavior. Remember to always refer to the classroom rules that your apprenticeship as a team agreed on in the beginning of the apprenticeship. Avoid making any important decisions while you are heated, and practice maintaining your calm by controlling your breathing and focus. Continue reading

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