Back in July, Mary-Margaret Gardiner and Sarah Hadden presented a webinar with Kaplan about how teachers can use classroom setups to create teachable moments. If you missed it the first time around, I'd recommend giving the webinar a watch. It provides classroom organization tips that are helpful all year round.
You can design a classroom that provides engagement, connection, and opportunities to learn more about their world in an educational and fun way. And it doesn't require hours of crafting the perfect Pinterest pins (but if that's your jam, we've got a Pinterest board you'll love!). Your curriculum, materials, and interactions with your students all shape a classroom. How can you use materials to promote learning and engage with the children in your classroom? How can you foster a classroom community through instruction and curriculum? All of these ideas and more create more effective classrooms and, ultimately, can help improve outcomes.
It's never too late to in the school year to develop more effective interactions in the classroom. And the way your classroom is setup is a great place to start.
We’ve all had kids in the classroom who push limits, can’t manage their feelings, constantly demand attention. Believe it or not, they are sending you a message. When kids misbehave, they are operating based on mistaken learning. With time, patience, and planning you can help them relearn! If you reframe your thinking about children’s behavior and recognize that misbehavior is usually based on mistaken learning, you are well on your way to helping your kids.
When I first heard that I was going to have to be observed and coached for my job, I was not thrilled by any means. I immediately thought, Great, someone is going to watch me and tell me how terrible I am. I sincerely thought it was going to be nothing but a negative experience.