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Narrating Positive Behavior – Classroom Management Strategy

Narrating Positive Behavior – Classroom Management Strategy

When instructors verbally highlight positive behavior, a student’s clarity level and personal motivation are enhanced.

Watch teachers in New Orleans and Louisiana demonstrate classroom management techniques that focus on narrating positive student behavior.

While mastering these techniques, these educators’ students experienced a positive, constructive reinforcement of instructions and a non-competitive, non-divisive way to highlight student modeling of expected behavior.

Here are some key elements in narrating positive behavior:

  • Begin by giving clear directions
  • Within several seconds after giving directions, describe 1-2 groups/individuals who are following directions
  • Descriptions should be brief and rarely include overt praise
  • Secondary students may prefer group vs. individual attention

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What are some positive behavior narrations you have successfully used or seen in your (or someone else’s) classroom? Leave a comment below.

Classroom Management Strategy Nonverbal Praise Routines

Nonverbal Praise Routines – Classroom Management Elementary and Secondary

Classrooms thrive when students and teachers alike are engaged in work, effort, and encouragement.

Nonverbal praise routines are a quick, quiet, and simple way to promote student-to-student praise and encouragement that doesn’t interrupt instruction. Nonverbal routines include thumbs up, snaps, and sending “magic.” These routines are excellent ways of engaging students during classroom lectures and activities while building their confidence and self-esteem.

Watch instructors at Akili Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana demonstrate student involvement that contributes to a greater sense of classroom community.

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What are some nonverbal praise routines you seen successfully used in your (or someone else’s) classroom? Sound off!

Redirecting Student Behavior – Elementary

Redirecting Student Behavior – A Classroom Management Segment

How does a teacher maintain positive relationships with students while still keeping classroom management a priority? It takes a delicate attention to maintaining each student’s respect toward the teacher.

Watch teachers demonstrate how to uphold respect in their classroom with examples of  how they refocus their students. Their corrective strategies include verbal cues, non-verbal cues, and proximity control. Each strategy is respectful, non-confrontational, and allows students to maintain their dignity.

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Classroom Management – Class Reward Systems

Motivate Your Students with Class Rewards

One of the best ways to keep students motivated is to implement a class rewards system. And that’s exactly what this Strategy of the Week is all about. In this classroom management video segment, you’ll see how to implement a class reward system, how it will positively impact student behavior, and how to use it to keep students motivated now and all year long.

In this segment, you’ll learn how to:

  • Give rewards based on specific performance criteria
  • Compare students’ performance to their own past performance
  • Generate enthusiasm
  • Administer rules consistently and fairly to all students

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Peer Guidance for Student Misconceptions

With the proper supervision, peer guidance is often just as helpful as teacher guidance.  When students are given the freedom to teach and learn from their fellow classmates, the classroom blossoms for students and teachers alike.

Watch 4th grade teacher Shannon Washburn from Louisville, Kentucky, guide her students to help their peers clarify misconceptions about representing fractions on a number line.

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Common Core Math: Attending to Precision

One of the key skills for any math student to learn is defined by Common Core Math Standard 6, which states that mathematically proficient students should know how to calculate accurately and efficiently and communicate precisely to others. This involves accurately expressing numerical values and representing them symbolically.

This video steps into Kentucky classrooms whose teachers highlight the importance of using correct language to express mathematical concepts.

This video aligns to Common Core Standard MP.6

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Implementing Project-Based Learning

White Oak Elementary is utilizing project-based learning where teachers give students authentic, challenging questions and real-world problems. Watch educators collaborate to allot time for mini lessons and follow project-based learning essentials, which include:

  • Significant Content
  • Driving Question
  • Voice and Choice
  • Need to Know
  • In-Depth Inquiry
  • Critique and Revision
  • Presentation

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Critical Approaches to a Literary Text

An English class is most often filled with varying levels of student comprehension. A lesson becomes challenging to mold when trying to fit the individual needs of a class full of students.

High school ELA teacher Ms. Elizabeth Gargis tailors her lesson plan to each of her students when interpreting two stanzas from John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost from contrasting perspectives.

Watch this Common Core-aligned lesson include procedures such as:

  • Think-Pair-Share
  • Guided Reading
  • Group Work
  • Student Presentations

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Evaluating Materials and Methods in a Science Experiment

Jason Niedermeyer shows us a Common Core lesson in action. His AP Biology class at South Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, determines the integrity of classmates’ materials and methods notes for completing a diffusion experiment in a lesson plan aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Watch a classroom example of Mr. Niedermeyer teaching through ELA standard 8 and Literacy standard 3

  • 8. Evalutate the hypotheses, data analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information
  • 3. Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text

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