Train Your Students to STOP INTERRUPTING Each Other

Train Your Students to STOP INTERRUPTING Each Other

We all know it is natural for the majority of students to interrupt while they’re having conversations.  They want to be heard, and they want to ensure their friends and peers affirm their own point of view. SO THEY SAY THEIR OPINION AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE OVER ALL THE OTHER STUDENTS AT THEIR TABLE.  The struggle is real, am I right teacher friend? So I created a Talking Stick to help scaffold my students’ development in learning how to LISTEN and allow one person to talk in a team at a time.  

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No Prep Student Conferences

No Prep Student Conferences

Have you ever struggled to get your students to take ownership of their learning progress?  Have you ever assumed that students were going over their graded work with their parents each week and carefully reviewing things they did well on and things they still needed to work on?  Well, I have experienced both of these issues and I found that in reality, only 2 or 3 households in my entire classroom were actually using their graded work sent home as a launch pad for helpful discussion and progress monitoring.  I knew something had to change. I couldn’t just expect the intentionality to happen automatically between students and their families, I had to create a precedent, a routine in my own classroom with my students that they would be more likely to recreate at home. 

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Are Your Students Setting SMART Goals?

Are Your Students Setting SMART Goals?

We all have goals, whether it’s to lose 10 pounds, read more novels, or organize that overly filled teacher supply cabinet.  Once we create goals in our own minds, we are way more likely to actually see them through when we tell someone about them. So, imagine you choose a goal and share that goal with a life coach.  And, let’s say the life coach holds us accountable to our goal by checking in regularly, asking us about our intentional steps we are taking to make progress toward that goal, giving insightful feedback about our plans to meet our goal, helping us set realistic deadlines by which we want to have the goal met, and giving encouraging words that motivate us to reach it.  Do those things impact the likelihood of meeting the goal you set? The answer is of course, YES.  

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