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Smith, Kevin; Klumper, Dan – Educational Leadership, 2018
Two professors of education discuss their experiences using a virtual reality program to help preservice teachers gain classroom management skills. They say the platform provides an authentic-and convenient--environment in which education students can develop their practice and gain confidence without making mistakes with real students.
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes
Benn, Gabriel "Asheru" – Educational Leadership, 2018
A teacher's authority in a classroom is no longer assumed--it has to be earned. Without establishing a baseline of rapport and mutual respect, cultural misunderstandings between teachers and students can devolve into chaos. Gabriel Benn, hip-hop artist and former school teacher and administrator, shares real-life examples of how rapport can go…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Teacher Student Relationship, Cultural Differences, Musicians
Pahomov, Larissa – Educational Leadership, 2018
Group work doesn't have to be a classroom management headache. At Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, where collaboration is one of five core values, students regularly participate in group projects. To support productive group work, the staff uses several strategies: apply these strategies to your next group project to ensure students…
Descriptors: Science Education, Classroom Techniques, Student Projects, Groups
Scanfeld, Vanessa; Davis, LaShonda; Weintraub, Leah; Dotoli, Vincent – Educational Leadership, 2018
At Harlem Academy in New York City, a schoolwide creed and baseline habits (such as "come prepared for the start of class with materials" and "follow teacher directions all the way, right away") provide a pathway for consistent behavior expectations throughout the school, allowing students to practice the same positive…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Student Behavior, Teacher Expectations of Students, Instructional Leadership
Turner, Bret – Educational Leadership, 2018
Elementary school teacher Bret Turner uses storytelling as a way to build classroom community and inspire creativity with his students.
Descriptors: Story Telling, Creativity, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students
Dillon, Robert – Educational Leadership, 2018
The design of a classroom space can make a big difference in student behavior and learning. The use of color, sound, light, furniture arrangements and more can help foster community and culture and promote understanding. Dillon discusses some easy ways to transform the classroom space that can help with classroom management.
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Acoustics, Lighting, Space Utilization
Knight, Jim – Educational Leadership, 2018
For two decades, researchers at the University of Kansas have conducted studies to better define, validate, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of instructional coaches. The result of all this work is the impact cycle (Knight, 2018), a model coaches can use with teachers to help them masterfully create positive classrooms. The impact…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Efficiency, Coaching (Performance), Universities
Anderson, Mike – Educational Leadership, 2018
Teachers struggle with using consequences for misbehavior--because using consequences well requires a nuanced view of disciplinary situations. Anderson explores six factors that complicate the use of consequence: Confusion over what consequences means; confusion over what it means for a punishment to "work;" the fact that teachers'…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Punishment
Tinley, Tracey – Educational Leadership, 2018
A classroom community doesn't just show up on the first day of school along with the glue sticks and boxes of Kleenex. It requires careful thought and planning. It requires a strategy. For one teacher, community-building conversations--inspired by Nike's "Find Your Greatness" ad campaign--helped set the tone for the new school year.
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Advertising, Educational Planning, Group Discussion
Jung, Lee Ann; Smith, Dominique – Educational Leadership, 2018
Charts that keep (public) track of whether a student's behavior is in some equivalent of a red (problem), yellow, or green ("well-behaved") zone are ubiquitous in elementary schools. This strategy based on shaming students is due to be retired because (1) it promotes only compliance, not social-emotional learning; (2) charts don't teach…
Descriptors: Charts, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Elementary School Students
Schiro, Theodora – Educational Leadership, 2018
After her son died by suicide, Theodora Schiro vowed to raise awareness and teach others about depression and suicide. In this article, Schiro (a former teacher and principal) explains how educators can detect warning signs, devise preventative programs, and fight the stigma associated with suicide.
Descriptors: Suicide, Prevention, At Risk Persons, Intervention
Titone, Connie; feldman, erin; DeRosato, Marie – Educational Leadership, 2018
Mindfulness practice has increasingly been shown to provide a powerful method of addressing the mental health needs of young people. In this article, teacher-researchers discuss a mindfulness experiment in a high school English language arts classroom. Students practiced meditation and other mindfulness activities and were surveyed to see how…
Descriptors: Metacognition, High School Students, Language Arts, Student Surveys
Sehgal, Priya; Jeffries, Julia; Rappaport, Nancy – Educational Leadership, 2018
In a time marked by racial divides, the authors of this article argue that teachers are on the front lines of identifying and responding to race-related stress in the classroom. They provide suggestions for how teachers can educate themselves about students' racialized experiences and respond appropriately to support students' mental health.
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Racial Differences, Student Needs, Mental Health
Bushinski, Cari – Educational Leadership, 2018
The Handle with Care program helps schools help students who experience trauma. While at the scene of an event like a domestic violence call, drug raid, or car accident, law enforcement personnel determine the names and school of any children present. They notify that child's school to "handle ___ with care" the next day, and the school…
Descriptors: Student Needs, At Risk Students, Trauma, Violence
Minahan, Jessica – Educational Leadership, 2018
Students with anxiety are prone to giving up a difficult work assignment before they even start it. So how can teachers help these students develop skills to successfully start and finish assignments and succeed in school? Behavioral analyst Jessica Minahan offers some practical solutions that teachers can implement in the classroom to motivate…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Coping, Assignments, Skill Development
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