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Classroom Behavior Management - Cool Down Cubes

I saw this wonderful idea in Pinterest. It caught my attention as a nice straightforward, stand alone solution to behavior management.
This is how I envisage myself implementing this in class

• I create a tub of cool down cubes as seen in the picture.
• When I see a child with known behavioral issues becoming stressed or agitated, I place this on their desk.
• The student then takes a cube and carries out the recommended action.
• Hopefully over time the student becomes familiar with all the suggestions on the cubes, and is able to calm themselves down without it…
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Over 25 Ways To Ask Your Kids - So how was school today? Without asking them - So how was school today?

I think I will pass some of these on to the parents of my students. I'm sure some think we just sing Frozen songs in class all day.

The list is great but a few stands out for me are:

• What was the best thing that happened at school today?
• Tell me something that made you laugh today.
• How did you help somebody today?
• If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do?
• Tell me a weird word that you heard today.
• Tell me one thing that you…
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Teaching empathy with books

Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud (Author), David Messing (Illustrator)

If you watch one video in my blog please make it this. A truly delightful book. I read it on day one with my K3 students and refer back to it when ever there is any behavioural issues that arise in my class.

I picked mine up in Amazon. Also available in Japanese.
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The Daily 5 - Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades

For the last month I have been teaching K2-Grade 1 students in Daily 5. Although I have observed many Daily 5 classes over the years I was at a loss as to how best to introduce it and encourage adoption by my students.

The Daily 5 - Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades (first edition) by Gail Bushy and Joan Moser is an awesome easy to access book that really supported me. You can read it from start to finish, or just drop into a particular skill you wish the students to acquire. I will be revisiting the book as a whole over the break, and I still refer to each section when planning. It is a highly recommended read.

Here is the book contents. There about 100 pages in all, and very accessible.

Part 1: Daily Five Basics

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: From management to …
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5-Minute English Games - Counting 1-10

Introducing Numbers 1-10. To play requires simply a football.
1. Stand in a circle holding hands
2. Kick the softball to, not at, each other
3. Restart the count if the ball goes outside the circle
4. Encourage the students to count aloud with you
5. This activity can work equally well with…
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Free video resources for teachers and students

Thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, compelling student experiences, and professional development opportunities.

A mighty useful free resource that had up until now escaped my attention. If you are a teacher of any grade looking for an easy to use professional resource site then just head over to the PBS Learning Media website and have a wander through it yourself.

Highlights for me include:

• Content by calendar - content by major holidays, observances, important dates, and themes
• Assign lesson and…
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Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Video from Common Sense Media: Most educators are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy, a model that classifies different levels of human cognition in thinking, learning, and understanding. But in a digital age, educators are thinking about it as Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. This updated version aims to expand upon the skills associated with each level as technology becomes a more engrained – and essential - part of learning.
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How to address student squeeling or tattling

Classroom behaviour management

Update: August 22nd 2015. I see that there is a book of the same title available from Amazon.

Book - Don't squeal unless it's a big deal

Amazon: In this highly entertaining story for young children, kids will learn when ""squealing"" on your fellow classmate is appropriate and when it is merely tattling! Set in a school classroom, the ""kids"" in the class constantly tattle on each other, creating an air of frustration and distrust. As the story unfolds, the teacher, rather than strictly policing the situation, addresses underlying feelings and encourages mutual problem solving. This story helps teach children when to ""squeal"" on important issues and when to work it out alone.
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Do standing desks make children better students?

Is it not important to teach our children how to be more active, from an early age? asks director of the Ergonomics Center at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Mark Benden. A great article on the pros and cons of seated vs standing classrooms, workstations, and desks.

Standing in classrooms
Encouraging movement
Impact of a standing desks
Future of classroom design
Read the full article by Mark Benton
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The Flipped Classroom: Which Tech Tools Are Right For You?

Fantastic. This video from Edutopia's YouTube Channel.
Edutopia is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process through innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives.
The video asks: Which is the best tool or tools to use?
Answer: Ultimately it depends on you. What technology are you comfortable with. What do you actually have. That's the tool that can be best for you.
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