Some students love to work in groups, while other students prefer to work independently. There are many reasons students should learn to work in groups, but often we find teachers forget to teach the students what that looks like. Students need explicit teaching to understand the different group roles and processes. Here are some activities you can try to help your students get the most out of their group work.[Read more…] about How to Teach Students to Work in Groups
We believe firmly in social emotional learning (or SEL), self-regulation and teaching students about feelings. Students today struggle with identifying feelings, managing their emotions and staying focused.
Let’s not get into all the causes about why some students are unable to describe and manage their feelings, but more and more instructional time becomes wasted unless we intentionally teach students about to self-regulate.
These are some of the best tools we use in our classroom every single day by incorporating them into our health lessons. You might even want to check out our post: Stop Overlooking Health Class.[Read more…] about The Secrets of Social Emotional Learning for Kids
Recently I was having a discussion with a former student teacher. She had reached out because her last school year felt like a disaster and she was wondering how could improve. She’d tried clip charts, behaviour charts, communication journals, reward baskets and everything else she could think of, but nothing worked. She wanted to know how she could improve her classroom management because she feared she couldn’t last another year. She asked about my secret because she didn’t remember what I did.
Was it that uneventful that she didn’t know what I did? No. Not quite.[Read more…] about The Reasons Your Classroom Management Isn’t Working and How to Fix It
Are you having trouble fitting health lessons into your plans because you already have too much to teach? Stop overlooking the value of health class! You can leverage health lessons to teach reading and writing. You can help students in your class be organized, play safely and get along with each other. So why are you ignoring all these important outcomes?[Read more…] about You Need to Stop Overlooking Health Class!
Do you have to repeat yourself constantly because your students just don’t know how to listen? Maybe it’s not them. Are your directions are unclear? Do you have their attention? Maybe your instructions were unclear. Nobody likes a yelly teacher. So here is how you can fix your directions and improve their listening skills at the same time.[Read more…] about How to Make Students Listen Without Yelling
What does self-regulation mean? Well, the obvious answer means for students to keep their feelings in check. But, that’s a bit misleading. It implies that students need to squish down their feelings. Emotional regulation is a skill that students need to be taught. It does not come naturally for everyone.
Students that are having a hard time with self-regulation often appear to be disengaged, rude, helpless or otherwise frustrating for teachers. For many teachers, this means ramping up the WOW factor to try to entice students into wanting to learn. This might mean costumes, balloons, candy and confetti for math-but imagine if it could be something so much simpler?[Read more…] about How to Teach Students to Self-Regulate