Written by Steve Wednesday, October 10 2012 09:45
Teaching Tip of the Week
In this Teaching Tip I provide a link to a short YouTube video I created. In the video I describe two powerful tools that adults can use to help children improve their behavior in school: goal-setting and self-evaluation. For many years I have been critical of traditional classroom management approaches that attempt to control children’s behavior extrinsically through the use of rewards and punishments. As an alternative, I prefer an approach rooted in intrinsic motivation. The latter approach is far more effective in affecting lasting behavioral change and avoids the negative side effects associated with rewards and punishments. Give these tools a try in class with your students or at home with your children.
For more information about this topic, please consult my book Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8 and my many blog posts on the topic, including “A Different Approach to Classroom Management” and “How We Manage Our Students.”
A couple months ago I officially re-launched my YouTube page as the “Teaching Kids” channel and posted my first new video of the school year entitled "Teaching Kids How to Get Back into 'School Mode.' " Each of my new “Teaching Kids” videos will feature 1-2 minute tips for educators and parents and will address a wide variety of topics that focus on teaching the whole child, including academics, character, and health.
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Teaching Kids How to Get "Unstuck" While Writing (Teaching Tip #106)In this Teaching Tip I provide a link to a short YouTube video I created. The video features two effective strategies that help children become “unstuck” while they are writing. The first of these strategies is a familiar one, while the second is less well-known and a bit more novel. Try these ideas in class with your students or at home with your children.
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classantics.com (Corey Green, M.Ed., National Board Certified Teacher, Author)
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rickackerly.com (Rick Ackerly, educator, speaker, author, and school turnaround guy)
teachertipster.com (Dustin Smith, Arkansas teacher with a great website full of helpful resources)
tiestoliteracy.com (Stephanie Moyers, Boys' Literacy Specialist)
staceylundgren.com (Stacey Lundgren, Speaker, Author, Coach, Character Education Professional, & Columnist)
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