How often are your lessons interrupted by students arriving late?   It may be that sleeping in made them late for first class in the morning, or talking with their friends between classes has made them late.  What is your response?  Does it work?  We have looked at noisy students already in two posts , today we take a look at another classroom annoyance.

David Ginsburg says we need to rethink our classroom management strategies to take into account these students and the impact they have on us and their fellow students.

Some teachers greet tardy students with shame: “That’s your third time this week, Charles!” Others prefer sarcasm: “Nice to see Erica has decided to join us.” Then there are those who are welcoming: “Good morning, Mario. Take off your jacket, and please join us.” And in many cases, teachers follow up their greetings–regardless of tone–by catching latecomers up on what they’ve missed.  Click here to read the rest of this article.


Eighth-Grade Students Learn More Through Direct Instruction

What type of instruction provides the most learning?  Do students learn more in an experiential, activity based classroom or one in which they receive direct instruction on skills and concepts?  What impact does the student’s perception of how well he/she is doing have on their personal growth? In which setting are more classroom management strategies required?

Paul Peterson asks,

“Should teachers stand in front of the class and present the material to be learned? Or should learning be more dynamic, with students solving problems, either on their own or under the teacher’s guidance? Which approach yields the most student learning?

“Opinion on this question is deeply divided. “The sage on the stage” versus “the guide on the side” is how the debate is often framed.”  To read more Click here.


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Let’s face it, the two most challenging aspects of teaching when it comes to classroom management are getting your students to respond positively to your instructions and getting them engaged in lesson tasks.

The trouble is, like most teachers, you probably have far too many challenging students to deal with, not enough support and limited time to make a success of every lesson, every day. You’re busy enough with the stress of managing a constant stream of behavior problems whilst trying to juggle the rest of your heavy workload.

And, if you don’t have  proven classroom management strategies in place  for gaining student attention, respect and compliance – these problems are compounded which can make some days extremely challenging and frustrating.

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