#015: How to Have the Right Words at the Right Time for Better Classroom Management

classroom management Jul 10, 2020
Do you ever act in frustration when your students are misbehaving and then regret your words it later?

I have a simple strategy to help you avoid that mistake. Here's a simple strategy to help you apply what we know about the power of words to your classroom management. 

This episode is actually a recording from a talk I gave awhile back about how to prepare your words so you'll have the right thing to say at the right time when behavior goes south in your classroom. 

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Before you begin, you need to get your mindset right. I call the whole process Velvet over Steel. The steel is the backbone - your boundaries and commitment to consistency. I'm sure you've heard it all before. 

The velvet is the key here. It's your approach to any given situation. My strategy for you today addresses your approach. It's simple, easy to incorporate and sets you up for success, and...I call it the Power Phrase.

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#014: How Teaching Students to Emotionally Regulate Can Transform Your Classroom Management

classroom management Jul 02, 2020
Has classroom management ever worn you out? Nearly every day? For a good part of the year?

Today is all about helping those students who struggle with their behavior nearly every single day. Now, let me just set the stage for you for a minute. If you've ever spent for an entire school year struggling to help a student [or students] regulate their emotions [and therefore their behavior], you're on a first name basis with overwhelm and exhaustion. Well, this episode will help you step on the path to begin to understand what is really happening and help your students begin to learn how to help themselves. 

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I've never liked the terms classroom management or behavior management simply because they imply that we, the teachers, are in charge of students' behavior. But nothing could be further from the truth. Ask any parent of teacher who has tried to control a child's behavior. We cannot control another human's behavior. We can help...

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#013: 3 Tools You Need to Teach Effectively in an Ever Changing Environment

teaching tools Jun 25, 2020
Are you ready for back-to-school and the ever changing school models that can switch on you at any time?

As you know I'm committed to helping teachers simplify and streamline in ways that save time, create engagement, are cost effective and make sense in the day to day of real teaching in the elementary classroom. So, today's episode is all about 3 tools I think every teacher needs, especially in our current, ever changing school environment. 

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Here's a peek at what's inside this episode:
  • 3 tools you'll need and why.
  • The features and benefits of each tool.
  • How you can use them for free.
  • Ways to use the tools to effectively enhance learning and increase engagement.
  • How to get started.

Click here to listen. Need a bit of help getting started? Check out the short tutorial links to for each tool below.

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#012: How to Effectively Teach Reading and Writing Skills in an Online or Blended Classroom Model

reading teaching Jun 18, 2020
Do you feel like you're fully prepared to teach reading and writing skills in an online or blended classroom model?

While teaching at a workshop this last weekend, I realized what a disservice is being done to teachers who still don't know what kind of teaching they'll be doing in the fall. The uncertainty of not knowing what the school model will be is stressful and exhausting. Teachers are planners. We want to be prepared. However, it feels impossible to be prepared when we don't know what we are preparing for.

Well, I'm here to tell you being prepared is something you can start to do now even if you don't know what the fall will look like. We simply have to have a plan for what to change for each teaching model. So here goes...

New Normal

I believe teaching online or in a blended school model will be the new normal for a large amount of schools around the country. We can't wait around for things to go back "to normal' because they simply won't. So, how do you make...

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#011: Instilling a Love of Reading in Kids and Families with Michelle Dunham

books reading teaching Jun 11, 2020
My guest today is Michelle Dunham from Ruby Reads. She's a mom of 3, a book aficionado, an educator and the creator of Ruby Reads where she supports families and kids by instilling a love for books and reading.

As you know, I'm a book lover and passionate about literacy and teaching students to love books and reading. I first found Michelle and Ruby Reads on Instagram @rubyreadsbooks. If you don't follow her account, do it now! You won't regret it!

We talk about how to simply create a culture of readers and book lovers in your classroom by what you read, how you pair books and the conversations you start with your students. The steps are truly simple. Like anything new, it's not always easy at first, but the more you prep and practice the easier it becomes. It all starts with a love of books, a few paired books and the heart of a teacher. 

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  • Who is Ruby and the history of that cute little red...
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#010: Using Your Classroom Library to Combat Racism and Create a Positive Classroom Culture

We simply can't let racism go on. People of color should not have to live in fear, worry for their own safety or their loved ones when they are simply going about normal life. 

Eliminating racism is a daunting task. No big, important goal is achieved in a day. While we can't eliminate racism today, we can start or restart our efforts. If we all make a simple 1% change each month in what we do, think, say or in supporting organizations that work to end racism, it will add up to big wins.

Figuring out where to start can be overwhelming, but as teachers, we have an easy place to start - our classroom libraries. 

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Here's a peek at what's inside this episode:

  • Why your classroom library matters.
  • How to make a 1% change that is both powerful and appropriate for our students' age levels.
  • How to begin evaluating what you have in your library already.
  • What types of texts are needed for a well rounded classroom library.
  • Why you need...
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#009: How to Get Your Students from Knowing HOW to Read to Becoming READERS

reading teaching May 29, 2020

Helping students become committed readers is a daunting task, at best. And while there isn't a straight path for each student to follow, there is a method that actually works. Now's the time to start planning changes to your program for the coming year to keep the reading and learning going no matter what school looks like next year.

There are important things we can do as educators that set students up to be come successful readers and committed book lovers. While we don't know exactly which combination of things will be the trigger, we do know what to do to provide the right classroom culture for it to happen.

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Over the years, I've found there are certain things we should be doing to create a culture of readers and certain things we often do that inhibit the process and even have to opposite effect. 

Here's a peek at what's inside this episode:

  • What you should not be doing.
  • How to easily infuse reading and books...
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#008: How to Quickly Pack Up Your Classroom When Your Time is Limited

end of year organization May 21, 2020
A teacher asked me this week how to pack up your classroom if you only have a limited amount of time.

Margo was being allowed into her classroom for 3 hours to pack up. Talk about being overwhelmed! She felt frustrated, stressed and exhausted just thinking about it. Who can blame her?!

As teachers are slowly being allowed back into their classrooms to pack up for the year and get students' personal belongings ready to be picked up, their time to do this may be quite limited. Where do you begin this daunting and emotional task?

In this episode, I break down how to be fast and efficient in your end-of-year packing up. I've got some tips and tricks to help you get the job done without leaving yourself a hot mess to face when back-to-school time rolls around. 

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Over the years, I've found a few simple tricks that make packing or even just regular classroom cleanup simpler. Maybe they'll will help you, too.

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#007: Your New Back-to-School Plan

organization teaching May 14, 2020

As hard as it is to start thinking about next school year, now’s the time that important conversations are being had in your school and district about what the new normal will look like.

In order to have a voice in those conversations and truly come out better in the fall, you need to start thinking about what next year, ideally, would look like in various situations.

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When your entire school year or even just a good part of it becomes up in the air before school even starts, stress and overwhelm can take over. 

If you truly understand what the new options for school are and have a grasp on what that means in real time for you and your students, you'll be better prepared to be part of the conversation and to plan for whatever model you end up with in your school.

Here's a peek at what else is inside this episode:

  • 3 Possible Teaching Scenarios for next year:

    • Online School
    • Regular Classroom [Modified]
    • Hybrid Model
  • How to prepare to...
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#006: The Power of Words: Speaking with Intention

classroom management May 07, 2020
Our words matter. While we all know words have power, how often do you speak without thinking first? 

Are you ever at a loss for words? Maybe you're the type of person who just says what you think and regrets it later. Either way, it's not good. We want to be able to speak to our students powerfully and with intention. While that comes naturally to some, it's a lot harder than it seems for most of us. 

Today's episode is all about how we use words in the classroom.

Words have the power to inspire, encourage or defeat. They can cause us to take action or quit. The same is true for our students. Words have consequences - sometimes good, sometimes neutral and sometimes bad. We need to be intentional with our words.

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Here's a peek at what else is inside this episode:

  • Why we have to be careful with our words.
  • How to hear yourself and your students. 
  • Why you should plan and practice your words for common situations.
  • How one teacher...
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