What No One Told You About Classroom Management: How to Avoid the Classroom Behavior Blues

Erica Peron Professional Learning

This year, the Office of Student Learning is offering a professional learning series centered around effective classroom instruction. One of the most important components of effective instruction is the classroom environment & culture. Come learn how to alleviate your classroom behavior woes by rethinking classroom management! Explore strategies to create and sustain a positive classroom environment and culture of learning. Check out the full course description below.

Rethinking Classroom Management: Creating and Sustaining a Classroom Culture of Learning

This course focuses on strategies teachers can use to build a positive classroom culture instead of managing students with negative reinforcements or token economies. The goal of this training will be to help participants:

  • Emphasize culture over management.
  • Maintain firm boundaries with dignity and respect for all.
  • Establish clear procedures and rules with student input.
  • Prioritize building relationships.

If you are interested in this training please contact your regional coordinator to discuss available sessions in your area, or to schedule a session at your school. Click here to find your regional coordinator’s contact information!

Ask about the other courses in our effective instruction series:
  • Unpacking Unit Plans to Create Clear Learning Goals
  • Planning, Presenting, and Understanding New Knowledge

To view all current Professional Learning courses and scheduling, click here.

Start the Year Off Right by Building a Positive Staff Culture

Erica Peron School Leadership Resources

One of the most important priorities for the new school year is fostering a positive school and staff culture. This month’s resources will support your efforts to plan effective faculty meetings, build positive school culture, and schedule meaningful professional learning.

Building a Positive Culture

Improving Faculty Meetings

Professional Learning

To view all previous School Leadership Resources postings, click here.

Making the First Days Meaningful

Erica Peron Teacher Resources for Success

With the start of school quickly approaching, we wanted to provide some resources for your pre-planning needs! Explore our unit planning resources to get a jump on the year. Learn about ways to create a positive classroom culture from day one! Get to know your students in a way that helps you plan instruction. Plan creative ways to communicate procedures & expectations to make the most of the first few days of school!

Unit Planning Resources:
Get to Know Your Students:
Create a Positive Classroom Culture:
  • Explore this article on classroom culture with some compelling do’s and don’ts for the start to your year!
  • Check out this article from TeachingChannel on the importance of building class culture as a foundation for classroom management.
  • Check out our free training from the Step Up for Students Office of Student Learning on “Rethinking Classroom Management.”
Communicate Procedures & Expectations:
To Register for training from the Office of Student Learning:
  • Go to https://sufs.gosignmeup.com.
  • Click on the Lesson Planning or Classroom Management.
  • Register for a course in your region. Trainings are currently being scheduled and more will be added throughout the year. If you are interested in hosting any of these trainings at your school, contact your regional coordinator!

 

Reflect on the Year & Renew Your Passion

Erica Peron School Leadership Resources

Feeling drained at the end of this school year? This month’s resources were chosen to help you reflect on the successes and challenges of the year and inspire you to renew your work with passion!

 

Did You Know?
  • The Teaching and Learning Exchange will be adding transcripts for the 2019-2020 school year! To stay informed with updates or to learn more about the TLE click here!
  • The Office of Student Learning has partnered with BloomBoard in our Choice Leader of Excellence Certification Program that is aligned to the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and delivered in Micro-credential online format.  By earning the Choice Leader of Excellence certification, school leaders build leadership capacity, gain statewide recognition, be better positioned to increase enrollment, and attract high-quality staff to their school.  To learn more about this program click here.

To view all previous School Leadership Resources postings, click here.

The Year In Review

Erica Peron Teacher Resources for Success

Another school year has come to a close, and for teachers, it’s time to take a well-deserved break! Before you break out the beach towels, take a moment to reflect on the past school year. Reflection is a vital component of growth. Let’s take a moment to explore our successes and our challenges so that we can enjoy our summer break and begin the new year refreshed and renewed!

To view all previous Teacher Resources for Success postings, click here.

Teacher Appreciation Week Resources & Freebies

Erica Peron Teacher Resources for Success

 

Thank You Teachers!

We know teachers deserve to be celebrated every week, but this month we wanted to support and encourage teachers by providing connections to FREE resources, giveaways, discounts, and so much more! Check out the complete list of deals, freebies below!

Teacher Appreciation Week Deals & Freebies

Free Unique Classroom Resources for Teachers 

Check out these other time sensitive resources!

  • Do you teach AP courses? Khan Academy has great resources for students taking AP classes. Click here to check out the resources!
  • Are your students good at explaining science or math? Khan Academy is partnering with the Breakthrough Junior Challenge video contest for a chance to win a $250,000 scholarship. Check out breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org for more details. Deadline June, 15th.
  • Check out edweb.net! It’s a free professional learning network that hosts education-based webinars and other resources. New free webinars each month!

To view all previous Teacher Resources for Success postings, click here.

Inspiring Resources for the Winter Break

Erica Peron School Leadership Resources

Rest & Recharge With These Resources Over The Winter Break!

Are the mid-year blues making you feel a bit overwhelmed and drained? The holiday break can be a great time to relax and recharge your educational batteries. We’ve compiled some resources below to reignite your passion for education, and to provide you with some inspiration over the break!

Read: Thought-provoking articles to encourage your mid-year reflection and resolutions for the New Year.

Refresh: Inspiring videos from teachers and administrators to reignite your passion for education.

 

Revitalize: Upcoming webinars to further your professional learning and inspire new ideas for your school!

 


Updates & Reminders from the Office of Student Learning-

  • Don’t forget to nominate your students for our annual Rising Stars event! Nominations are due by January 4th. Nominate here!
  • Mark your calendars for the SUFS FTC & Gardiner Conference on June 20 & 21st at Victory Christian Academy in Lakeland, FL.

To view all previous School Leadership Resources postings, click here.

Do you struggle to create lessons that reach students at different instructional levels?

Erica Peron Teacher Resources for Success

Consider these quick steps to plan differentiated lessons and use them to help you implement some new strategies after the New Year!

 

Step 1 PRE-ASSESSMENT: A pre-assessment of your students is crucial to help you understand how each student understands new material.

  • Watch this video on the use of exit tickets that help teachers pre-assess and plan.
  • Examples: 5 Question Quiz, KWL Chart, Journal, Mind Map, Frayer Diagram
  • Tips: Explain to students what you plan to do with the results and why this is important.

Use questions or prompts that gauge their understanding of the main goals or points of the unit.

Keep it simple!

Step 2 CONTENT & PROCESS: Once you have a clear understanding of where each student is starting the unit, consider using a learning menu or a choice board to vary the complexity and the process of learning. This can also be a great way to reach not only struggling students, but also to challenge high achieving students.

 

 

Watch this video on Learning Menus.              View this FREE webinar from Rutgers on Choice Menus.

STEP 3 PRODUCTS: After students have had the chance to interact with new material, it’s time for them to show you what they learned. Remember assessment can be a powerful tool to guide instruction during the unit, not just at the end. When assessing their learning, think outside the box, this doesn’t always need to be a written test.

  • Consider trying the “BAWD” Strategy: Build, Act, Write, or Draw. Read more about this strategy on Edutopia’s website.
  • Examples: Choice Boards, Student made Videos or Presentations, Journals, Interviews, Student Written Quiz Questions, Playing Kahoot! or Quizziz, Exit Tickets, Chalkboard Splash/Graffiti Walls, Mini-White Board Questions, and many more!

 

Do you feel you have too many students? Is your curriculum plan too packed to differentiate?

Read this quick article on the MYTHS of Differentiated Instruction

Want to learn more about Differentiated Instruction?

Click here to sign up for FREE Professional Learning from Step Up for Students

Check out this page of differentiation resources from Edutopia.

Click here to register for an online webinar on STEAM and personalized instruction from EdWeb.

Do you have K-2 students?  Check out this series form PBS on integrating media in the classroom.

 

 

To view all previous Teacher Resources for Success postings, click here.