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  • Summer Guest Post: Creating a Successful Classroom Management Plan

    Cassie, from www.adventuresinbehavior.com, is a special education teacher in Texas and has worked for the past 5 years in an elementary behavior classroom for students with behavior disorders or autism.  She has a Master’s degree in special education and a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Cassie is a self-proclaimed behavior nerd and loves to talk about all things related to behavior, coffee, and Harry Potter. We’ve all heard the horror stories of teachers being driven out of their classrooms and out of the education field because of student behavior!  It seems like these stories are popping up across social media more and more these days and it can be so…

  • Designing your classroom

    Summer Guest Post: Five Things To Do When Designing Your Classroom

    Katherine Rowe has taught high school science for five years and runs her blog, The Online Instructional Coach, on the side.  Whether you are returning to the same classroom you’ve had for years or, like me, are switching to another classroom for the seventh time in a row (in five years), it’s that time of year when we start thinking about what we want to do with our classroom space. Pinterest abounds with ideas for themes from Harry Potter to Dr. Seuss, but if you really want your classroom to work for you, you have to go beyond the theme and think about the practical cues that will help your…

  • Building a Strong Classroom Community + FREEBIE!

    One thing that I never did much of until this year was focus on building a strong classroom community. I felt like I had good relationships with my students, but I realized I wasn’t very good at fostering my students’ relationships with their peers. How important that is! If students aren’t valuing and respecting each other, then it can be really hard to get much accomplished during the day. So this year, after learning more about Responsive Classroom and building classroom community, I decided to put that at the center of my planning. Allowing time for my students to interact with each other and encourage each other during class was…