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The Art of Listening…Really Listening

There is a part of a child’s soul that has always been unknown but which must be known. With a spirit of sacrifice and enthusiasm …

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Challenge: Profanity

  The liberty of the child should have as its limit the collective interest; as its form, what we universally consider good (behavior). ~ Maria …

Transitions: From Calamity to Cooperation

The teacher’s first duty is to watch over the environment, and this takes precedence over all the rest.  ~ Maria Montessori   Mia, a 4-year-old, …

Making Amends: The 3 R’s of Recovery

  “Errors divide men, but their correction is a means of union.  It becomes a matter of general interest to correct errors wherever they may …

Limited Choices

One of the first classroom management tools that many of us learned, to redirect or set limits with children, is limited choices.  This month, I’d …

Let Routines be the Boss

Most children are back at school now.  With the beginning of every new school year come the resetting of routines, and renewed hopes for effectiveness …

The Power of Questions: Empowering Students to Learn from Their Experience

Were you ever lectured by an adult? Do you remember it as being particularly effective, or did you feel a little like Charlie Brown listening …

Conflict Resolution: Teaching Communication Skills

“Once the child can speak, he can express himself and no longer depends on others to guess his needs. He finds himself in touch with …

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Classroom Structure: Routines, Expectations, and Procedures

“Now the adult himself is part of the child’s environment; the adult must adjust himself to the child’s needs if he is not to be …

Connection Before Correction

Steven and Greg, two fourth grade boys in my first classroom, had just come in from recess. On their way in, Steven shoved a girl …

Classroom Practices that Build Connection

1. Involving Children in Creating Ground Rules and Routines Routines give children the opportunity to predict what is going to happen next. When children can …

Teacher Follow Through and Classroom Harmony

Is this your classroom? Let’s take a moment and envision our classrooms in the middle of the school-year. It’s January, the most productive time of …

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