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Teacher Week - Day 4 Classroom Management - 08/15/2013
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Day 4 of Teacher Week !  Today's topic is classroom management, and it just happens to be a topic I've written about quite a bit lately.  Why? Because this past year was the most challenging year I've had in 20 years as far as management goes. If you've been following me for a few months you will have seen some of these pictures before - I'm doing a throwback here of a post I wrote a few months ago, reflecting on how I survived the year. Grade 1 and 2 students are always a bit wiggly and chatty - that is to be expected.  However, even by Halloween I could barely get through a lesson without interruption (or some other drama taking place on the other side of the carpet that took students' focus away from the conversation). To make matters worse, while I normally have 2 or 3 students reading below grade level, this bunch included 14 students reading below grade level! I really felt pressure to get them focused enough to learn to read. I tried all of my usual management systems, incentives, consequences... but none of them seemed to be as effective as in the past. I went home each weekend determined to come up with a brilliant new plan for Monday! Finally I realized that this group of low readers didn't have a problem with their intelligence; they had a problem with self-regulation. How can you learn to read when you can't sit still or focus on a book for more than 3 seconds? Or when every interaction with peers is misinterpreted erupting into conflict? My suppor...

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