When the light's on, students may not talk to you. What a FABULOUS idea! Perfect for assessment time

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Teaching In The Fast Lane: 50 Student Rewards That Don't Cost a Thing

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Keeping Track of Anchor Charts: Take a picture, print it and file it in a binder before taking the poster off the wall. Teacher and students can refer to the binder even if the anchor chart isn't on the wall.

Teaching My Friends!


50 Shades of Grades Blog Post and Anchor Chart! How can we help students better understand the meaning of their grades?

50 Shades of Grades - Teacher Trap


Why Most Difficult Students Just Need Good Classroom Management

Why Most Difficult Students Just Need Good Classroom Management


Why You Should Never Give Options Instead Of Consequences. As a special education teacher, I found this post very intriguing. I think we too often fall into this trap when we have difficult students who also have learning disabilities. The tips are reminders are poignant and applicable across all settings, even special ed. Read more at: http://www.smartclassroommanagement.com/2015/02/07/why-you-should-never-give-choices-instead-of-consequences/

Why You Should Never Give Choices Instead Of Consequences


Bravo Board- week winner is the “Bravo Table” that gets a small trophy on their desk for the whole next week. I like the emphasis on group cooperation/teamwork. I've been volunteering with a teacher who has a whole bunch of table award games. It's genius!

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wrinkle up the paper heart (not tearing it) and then try to flatten it out. Discuss how words or actions can harm a heart and take time to heal.... Good first week of school activity

Wrinkled Hearts: Bully Prevention Lesson


POST THIS BY THE EXIT DOOR~ This cute downloadable would make a fun mini-display at the school's main exit door where teachers dismiss their students!

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Students with ADHD are successful in the general education classroom with a few accommodations. Read on for seven accommodations for students with ADHD.

7 Easy Accommodations for Students with ADHD | TeacherPop


How to say I'm sorry. This chart is great for teaching children how to say sorry and mean it.

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Tips for teaching elementary school: A.D.H.D. Tips--can be applied to secondary

Tips for Teachers: A.D.H.D. Tips


Bright student vs. gifted learner?... Very good info Perfect - this explains better what I've known and tried to share with parents and teachers. Gifted, bright, smart, talented are different things. You can have a talented failure or a gifted student who makes Cs or a bright child who's a little loosey-goosey but works hard and gets the As that the smart kid won't earn.

Bright student or gifted learner?


Whole Brain Teaching - Attention Please! {FREE}

Whole Brain Teaching - Attention Please! {FREE}


I have used this is my classroom for three years. It works like a charm. The students love to see how many gum balls they can earn during the given time. I have either set the timer for the full amount of work time or set it for smaller increments of time. As a reward, if they reach the goal, I sometimes give a piece of bubble gum, or something toward a classroom goal for some other reward...For example I might give them a letter toward building the word Compliments.

Bubble Gum Quiet System


Minds in Bloom: Advice from the OT: Why it's so hard for children to sit still and what you can do about it

Advice from the OT: Why it's so hard for children to sit still and what you can do about it


Smart! Do it yourself "carpet" squares.

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Self-Control Lesson with bubbles. This dude is brilliant.

Teacher Tipster (Bubble Poppin' Behavior)


book to teach self control

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FREE Rhyming morning greetings!

Herding Kats In Kindergarten


Why I Will Never Use a Behavior Chart Again || Many teachers use or have used a behavior chart, some of us are even required to use them. Here is a blog post with an interesting perspective …

Teaching in Progress: Why I Will Never Use a Behavior Chart Again


Awesome blog post about using a classroom Clip Chart effectively

Herding Kats In Kindergarten


30 Books that teach social skills: Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun

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Punishment VS Disciplinec -- which works better?

Why discipline is different from punishment


Kagan Cooperative Learning strategies and tips from the Brown Bag Teacher

The Brown-Bag Teacher: Kagan Cooperative Learning