As educators we have all faced a situation where we have had to use classroom management to redirect the actions of a misbehaving student. But what works when it comes to discipline and classroom management? What does the research say about best practices?
This American life Brings up some great questions regarding student discipline in the podcast “Is this working?” You can find the full episode on their website here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/538/is-this-working
A simple Google search about research on classroom management will provide loads of information and articles. One of my favorite researched based strategies is the STOP and THINK social skills program described by project ACHIEVE.
Have you heard of the phone app called BAND. It is a social media platform specifically for groups. You can create a group for each class. Every group that is created has its own ‘wall’ for group posts and members can upload photos, videos, documents etc. It’s a great platform for sharing ideas and posting questions for student responses. Students can respond to you, other students and further classroom discussions. It’s also a great way to keep the communication lines between teacher and students active. Another great feature is the calendar function which can allow the teacher to share academic calendars, assignments and such. A coworker told me about it and said it was an excellent way to communicate with all students and to encourage communication between students. If you want to learn more about BAND you can read about it on Wikipedia.
Here is a five day unit on comprehending non-fiction text. This is especially useful for 2nd-3rd graders who are beginning to move from primarily reading fiction text into reading informative non-fiction texts.
Identifying key vocabulary essential for story comprehension
This lesson was used in a second grade class but could be adapted for upper elementary.
Here is a writing unit that asks students to use a graphic organizer, appraise a writing sample using the three components of per editing and edit, proofread and rate a writing sample using a writing checklist. This was great when previously used in a class. Students were excited about the peer editing.
peer editing and proof reading
Penpal Language Arts Lesson Plan
Here is a formative assessment lesson that can be used fro upper elementary. This lesson is easily adaptable for secondary and ELL students as well.
Performance Task Role-play
Here is a performance task role-play. This was created for university level students but can be adapted.
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