When I was a 5th grade teacher, my classroom was the very last one before the buses. Every day, all of the school’s students would pass by and inevitably some of those students and I would strike up a conversation. Day after day, a little kindergartener would tell me about his day, his shoes, his… Continue reading I’ve Had Enough – No More Public Behavior Management Systems
I have written before about public behavior charts, how I feel about them, what they do to students in my opinion. And while some seem to have found a way to make them work within their environments, I wonder; what if we assumed that all students would have a great day, a great year, and… Continue reading Before You Hang Up That Public Behavior Chart
The day starts out fine, you had your breakfast, you had your tea, you feel prepared, happy even. You are off to school and ready to teach. At the morning staff meeting you get so excited over an idea you lean over to your colleague to whisper in their ear. After all, they… Continue reading So What’s My Problem With Public Behavior Charts?
I am editing my book (to be published in mid-July by PLPress!) and while I am taking much out because it seems redundant or unclear, tonight I added more thoughts on getting rid of punishments. As so often happens my thoughts kept evolving and I came up with this, hope it is helpful Misbehavior Old… Continue reading Common Misbehaviors and How I Work With Them
As has been the tradition of the last three years, my students are ending the year with the best book of the year speech. A new twist this year is that they only get to use 15 words to describe the book in order to entice others to read it. As always, I loved seeing what… Continue reading The Best Books for Middle School According to My Students 2018
Once a year we run our official book clubs here in 7th grade. Very early on in our book club experiences, students had many ideas for how to make them better; please let us choose our books, please let us choose who we are discussing with, please don’t have us write in a packet. It… Continue reading Great Books for Middle School Book Clubs