Classrooms can quickly become filled with paperwork, busy bulletin boards, signs, pictures—a thousand creative ideas that suddenly become very noisy and cluttered.
Practical skills like classroom management and positive behavior strategies are vitally important tools in a teacher's toolkit. Most of these skills are learned on the job, rather than in the university classroom, so inexperienced teachers often struggle with creating a positive environment in their classrooms.
Why is classroom management important, and how does it affect student learning? Let's explore this issue together.
As an educator, you've most likely heard of DonorsChoose.org. It's a website that allows teachers to post their classroom needs, and donors to select the projects and classrooms they want to help. The goal is that all students will have the tools and experiences they need to excel.
DonorsChoose was started by a teacher who realized the cost of purchasing supplies and equipment wasn't always feasible. He thought there might be donors out there who would love to help and see children succeed, and he was right! After the first few posts from his colleagues, the site spread nationwide and it's available to every public school in America.
Kids can find anything on the Internet. Unfortunately, anything and everything.
Research websites for children, however, can be valuable tools for getting information for classroom projects.
As an elementary school teacher, what can you do to help your students find reliable research on the Internet and keep them safe from inappropriate material?