Classroom Management Strategies
from the Experts
Packed with Professional Development Freebies
As I wander around North America, training teachers, counselors, principals, juvenile justice workers, foster parents and guidance counselors, I get to learn lots of creative, new classroom management strategies from my workshop participants.
This is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. penning this issue. Even though I'm supposed to be the expert standing at the front of the room leading the professional development workshop, I never forget that the real experts are those of you who spend all day every day in the trenches.
In this blog article, let me share with you some of the best classroom management strategies and related professional development tips that I learned this spring from the real experts and authorities on student classroom management: educators and youth professionals around the U.S. and Canada.
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Stops Student Whining
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Free Printable School Poster
Builds Student Motivation
This is Poster #312, A Dropout's Top Ten List. It has 10 devastating facts about the cruel realities that dropouts will face in their futures. Shouldn't your students know this– and wouldn't they see school differently if they did?
If you prefer to order Poster #312 pre-printed, it is available for just $8 here.
Free Resources From a
Legendary Educational Expert
If you haven't heard of Marjan Glavac, you're going to wish you found him sooner. He is Canada's legendary mentor teacher who is known for his gentle, folksy wisdom, and unique ideas on how educators can reach difficult students while avoiding burnout and discouragement.
Marjan's Facebook page offers you a great place to learn about his resources and solutions. His Facebook page is packed with all types of no-fee classroom management tools, tips and guides from around the globe.
If you like what you see on Marjan's Facebook page, you may want to take a look at his landmark book– especially if you're someone who is feeling discouraged or considering quitting teaching entirely. Marjan's How to Make a Difference: Inspiring Students to Do Their Best ebook explains how to become the teacher that students respect, and shows how to turn students into passionate, eager learners. This book is so beloved in Canada that it has become a popular and enduring classic for K-12 educators. The book includes dozens of free resources. It's such an effective creation that Youth Change Workshops has teamed up with Marjan to bring this resource to more U.S. educators.
From Our Workshop Participants
This spring, we heard so many terrific classroom behavior management strategies and ideas from our workshop participants that we will have to save some for future articles in this blog. Here are two of the best:
We get so many requests from workshop participants for responses to offer when students say they will never need school because they're going on welfare. Here is one more strategy to tackle that enduring problem area: When students say they're going on welfare so they'll never need school, you can say "Do you know what 'welfare' is spelled backwards?" "Farewell." While the spelling involved isn't perfect, this intervention is a clever way to jar resistant students into beginning to accept that welfare is vanishing.
This final classroom management technique is for students who are associating with peers who are not good influences. Say to the student "Show me your friends. I'll show you where you're headed." This unexpected challenge will work much more effectively than more direct conversation. Sometimes "sideways" approaches like this one can accomplish what more straightforward strategies can't.
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