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Math Anxiety
posted by: Alix | July 13, 2012, 12:49 pm   

Recently, someone told me that he had nightmares about triangles.  As a former music teacher, I was really unsure why anyone would ever think about triangles so much that triangles were plaguing this person’s sleep.  It occurred to me, however, that I sometimes think about music so much that my sleep is plagued with worry about perfectly analyzed tone rows.  If I get music anxiety and I’m a music teacher, then it shouldn’t sound so weird that a person with math anxiety could have nightmares about triangles.
Restorative Justice and Safer Learning Environments
posted by: Alix | June 22, 2012, 02:35 pm   

Every teacher knows that Rule #1 of running your classroom is to ensure that your students feel safe in their learning environment.  Schools today aren’t the little slivers of utopia that they were once upon a time, when discipline problems were rare and abruptly handled.  If we look at the schools of today through our “Negative Nancy” lenses, some might see bullies, repeat offenders of the school handbook, and, even, petty criminals lurking around every corner.  What can a teacher do to foster a safer learning environment?
Assessing Your Classroom Behavior Management Plan
posted by: Alix | June 20, 2012, 02:41 pm   

Let’s face it: your classroom behavior management plan is not as successful as you dreamed it would be.  You meticulously slaved over developing and implementing a foolproof behavior management plan, yet your students somehow found the loophole.  It’s a little embarrassing to admit it, but 25 fourth graders proved that you are the only fool in this “foolproof” behavior management plan.
Be the Change You Want to See: Teacher Modeling
posted by: Alix | June 15, 2012, 03:33 pm   

As teachers, we can whine until the cows come home about “kids these days” and their general bad behavior.  It’s so easy to shake our fists and exclaim, “Why aren’t parents teaching their kids to behave?”  Teachers will go bonkers if they devote more energy to being frustrated about student behavior rather than being optimistic and pro-active about helping students to be better people.
Summertime for Teachers
posted by: Alix | June 13, 2012, 05:00 pm   

Any teacher will tell you that a surefire way of stirring up trouble with an educator involves remarking, “Must be nice to not work during the summer.” While summertime might mean that “the livin’ is easy” for some, most teachers find the summertime just as busy as the school year. Students might not be in the classroom, but teachers are often busy with professional development, conferences, trainings and other activities to improve their skills in preparation for the upcoming school year.

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