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January 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Detour ‘Around the Danger Zones’ of Classroom Management”

Detour ‘Around the Danger Zones’ of Classroom Management is Part Two in my Education Week Teacher series.

In it, Marcia Tate, Jenny Edwards, Patty O’Grady, and Ric Murry share their thoughts on classroom management.

Here are some excerpts:

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I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

December 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Harvard Business Review Publishes Excellent Classroom Management Formula

Earlier this year, the Harvard Business Review published a great article that could uses as a guide to effective classroom management (see Harvard Business Review Publishes Nice Guide To Positive Classroom Management).

In a more recent article, they published a piece that offered an even more concise guide to positive classroom management.

In A Simple Formula for Changing Our Behavior
, Peter Peter Bregman offers multiple examples of how to apply this formula quickly and easily:

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Now that’s a short-and-sweet list I can tape on my desk!

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

December 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Second Statistic Of The Day: Food Stamps & Student Behavior

What happens when a family runs out of food stamps is a Washington Post article that is definitely worth reading.

Here’s one finding in particular that struck me:

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I’ve certainly noticed that parts of the year seem to influence student behavior – for example, right before the holidays. However, I’ve never considered the time of the month before, and plan on keeping that in mind now.

Have you ever noticed student behavior getting worse at the end of the month?

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

October 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“How Can I Better A Better Teacher For You?”

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As I’ve shared on numerous occasions (My Best Posts On Classroom Management), classroom management is a periodic challenge for me – I often teach “intervention” classes and/or classes where students have had limited prior schooling and/or have experienced substantial trauma. And sometimes I teach students with issues.

I try to always respond in positive ways (see More Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom-Management Tips). A couple of weeks ago, I shared one relatively successful strategy I tried (see My New Classroom Management Strategy: “How Are You Going To Use Your Power?”).

Yesterday, students in one of my classes were particularly wild (I suspect having substitute teachers in two previous periods contributed to their conduct). Class behavior had been leaning in that direction for a few days, so I decided it was time for a strong reaction.

Of course, every fiber of my being wanted to lash out at them. However, I also realized that going down that road never works.

So, I made arrangements with one of their other teachers to take out most of them one-by-one during my prep period and bring them into my classroom for a private conversation.

How did I begin those talks? With this question:

“How can I be a better teacher for you?”

That question created an entirely different dynamic for the entire conversation than if I had begun discussing classroom behavior. Most replied that the class is great as it is, while others offered good suggestions about seating and websites they like to use.

We were able to also get into a discussion about classroom behavior, norms, and the things they could do to be a better student, but leading with that question was, I believe, the key to the successful conversations.

It’s possible that coming down on students like a ton of bricks might have resulted in sullen compliance, but it would not have led to the sense of joyful learning that we had today in our classroom.

I have no illusions that all my classroom management issues are in the rear view mirror, but today reinforces my belief that positive beats punitive any day…

September 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New Classroom Management Strategy: “How Are You Going To Use Your Power?”

A teacher can never have too many positive classroom management strategies in one’s pocket (see My Best Posts On Classroom Management and Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom-Management Tips).

Here’s one I began using at the start of this school year and which seems to be working fairly well.

I’ve had individual meetings with students who are clearly considered leaders by some of their classmates, but who have not been the most conscientious in their work or in their behavior. Here’s an example of one of them (we had it in Spanish, but I’ll recount it in English):

Me: In English, there is an expression: “star power.” You are have “star power.” You are clearly popular and very sharp, and are going to have a successful life – even if you don’t focus a whole lot in class and instead choose to talk with others and get them off-task, too. You have power. Other students are struggling. A question is how are you going to use your power? Are you going to use it just to benefit you and enjoy yourself or…..

Student interrupting me: …or am I going to use it to help others, too?

Me: Bingo. You got it. What is your answer?

Student: I’m going to use it to help others, too.

They all haven’t gone as easily, but all have ended well.

There has been a marked improvement the past few weeks in all of their behavior. And, importantly, this discussion has provided me with a much more positive intervention when they get off-task than, “Please get back to work” or “Come one.”

All I quietly say is “Use your power.”

It feels a lot better to me, and I think me saying that to them feels a lot better to them, too.

August 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Harvard Business Review Publishes Nice Guide To Positive Classroom Management

Substitute the word “students” for “employees” and “teachers” for “bosses” and the Harvard Business Review article titled Why Compassion Is a Better Managerial Tactic than Toughness offers a pretty decent guide to positive classroom management.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Classroom Management and to The Best Posts About Trust & Education

July 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Q & A Collections: Classroom Management Advice”

Q & A Collections: Classroom Management Advice is my latest Education Week Teacher column.

Links to all classroom management posts from the past four years can be found there.

Here’s an excerpt from one of them:

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I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

June 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Study: “Authoritative,” Not “Authoritarian,” Classroom Management Works Best For Boys

A couple of years ago, I wrote about what I thought was a pretty important study (see Parental Style Study Makes Sense For Teachers, Too). It found that parents who were authoritative — strict, but relational, listeners, etc — were more successful in raising kids who were self-reliant and self-controlled than those who were authoritarian.

A new study was released today that reinforced that conclusion for the classroom – especially for boys. You can read a summary in Science Daily or read the entire research paper itself (it’s not behind a paywall).

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.