Teaching Systems & Routines

Aug 7, 2017

Janice Smith

Two weeks ago we blogged about the planning part of routines & procedures.  This week’s Video of the Week is from our collection titled ‘First Days of School: Systems & Routines‘, where we feature over 20 clips from classrooms across the country where teachers are teaching and using systems in their classrooms.  In this clip, […]

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Planning Purposeful Procedures

Jul 24, 2017

Janice Smith

In our last Video of the Week we discussed the value in writing your assessments first, right alongside your scope & sequence and unit plans.  This week, as you think about how to best use your remaining summertime (aside from taking advantage of some poolside reading and sleeping in) we’re going to feature a video from the collection ‘First […]

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First & Last Five

Jun 6, 2016

Janice Smith

The ‘First Five’, or Do Now*, or Do First, is the chunk of time right at the start of a class period.  Most often used in Middle or High School, it provides an opportunity to do several things: 1) Set the tone for the class.  Students are often transitioning in from the hallway, and a […]

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Color Systems & Behavior Management

Feb 1, 2016

Janice Smith

One of my former students is getting ready to graduate college this year and is in the process of applying for teaching positions.  This, alongside her student teaching experience, has led to some great conversations about teaching and classrooms over the past couple years, and most recently the topic of ‘color charts’ came up as […]

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Sweating the Small Stuff

Sep 13, 2014

Janice Smith

Three reasons you should be pumped about this week’s Video of the Week: 1)  We’re integrating a great new tool we discovered from EdPuzzle, which allows you to add questions (CFU’s) or comments right in the video.  This also lets us keep these emails a whole lot shorter 🙂  (A piece of feedback we’ve been working […]

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