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Praising students: Are you doing it right?

Praising students: Are you doing it right?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Every student needs praise. But are you giving them false praise or worthy praise? Read on to find out and see how the difference impacts your students. False Praise False praise is praise given in order to appease, flatter, or manipulate students into doing what the teacher wants. In other words, it isn’t based on […]

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30 Ideas for Teaching Children with  Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

30 Ideas for Teaching Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Reading Time: 4 minutes By Leah Davies, M.Ed. The following list may assist teachers who work with ADHD students. For an overview of this disorder see, “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children.” 1. Understand the struggle a student with ADHD has and provide an ordered, safe, predictable classroom environment. 2. Establish a courteous, working relationship with the student’s parents. Learn about […]

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25 Ways to Obtain Children’s Attention in a School Setting

25 Ways to Obtain Children’s Attention in a School Setting

Reading Time: 6 minutes By Leah Davies, M.Ed. There are countless times when educators need their students’ undivided attention. The following methods are best taught during the first weeks of school. These ideas can assist teachers in providing an ordered and safe learning environment for everyone. 1. Hold up your hand and say, “Give Me Five.” The children put […]

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Candy In The Classroom, Good or Bad?

Candy In The Classroom, Good or Bad?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dear Aunt Elsa, I’ve just started at a new school and my students are poorly behaved. The school tells me that the previous teacher could only get them to participate in lessons if there were candy rewards. I don’t want to have to bribe my students to learn. What should I do? From, SugarRotsTeeth Dear […]

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Rewards in the Classroom

Rewards in the Classroom

Reading Time: 4 minutes Children can be categorized as intrinsically or extrinsically motivated. Children who are motivated intrinsically exhibit a desire to learn. Usually they pursue a subject for the pleasure of learning or for a feeling of accomplishment. Intrinsically motivated students tend to prefer challenging tasks and to understand information in depth. They are more likely to choose […]

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Teaching Myths: #1 – Classroom Management is …

Reading Time: 3 minutes I’ve been reading a lot of books lately about teaching. I want to share some of what I’ve discovered. I will cover the materials in a short series called; Teaching Myths. Let’s get started! Myth #1 Good Classroom Management is an Essential First Step Toward Becoming a Good Teacher This myth is central to the everyday […]

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Do you want to be a Teacher or a Pirate?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Hey ya’ll, your friendly Southern educator here…… I was doing dishes this morning and puttering around the house a bit, and my mind started wandering (as it often does.)  I was thinkin’ about pirates. Yep, pirates! Yeah pretty weird, but when I’m cleaning it’s a mindless job and my mind can go on adventures. I […]

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