Thursday, January 24, 2013

Have you made your plans for Groundhog Day?

February 2, 2013

Dear New Teacher Community,

You are all invited to our Winter Event on February 2, 2013 from 10:30am-1:30pm.  It will be in University Hall on the Porter Square Campus of Lesley University.  

Please RSVP by Monday, January 28 to:  
Elizabeth Symczak, or 617-349-8283.

"Keeping the Fire Alive: Staying Inspired Amid a Climate of Assessments and Standards," is an event that we hope will warm you up, inspire and sustain you as you make your way through your beginning years of teaching.  

Our inspiring panel of teachers represent K-12 grade levels and will lead us in thinking about how to sustain and nurture the joy and excitement that led you into teaching. We'll have time for conversation and discussion, yummy food (as always), door prizes, great resources to look at and certificates of attendance available for teachers who want them. 

Teachers!  Please bring an artifact from your classroom that shows us something that you are proud of.  It can be small step or a large one.  It can be a photo or the real item.  It can be a story.  Looking at what you've done well is a significant piece of remembering what's working. Building on that helps you to sustain yourself during challenging times.  

We are looking forward to a great event and hope that you will join us for what promises to be a wonderful day.

Best regards, 

Andi Edson
Director, Lesley University New Teacher Community

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Classroom Management References

New classroom management challenges? Yes, of course...what would each day of teaching be like without them?

Check some of these classroom management references.  Let us know what you think and if you'd recommend them to other NTC members.  


Web Resources

Comprehensive and General Classroom Management

Alderman, T. W. (1991).  The discipline a total approach resource book.  Beaufort,
SC:  Resources for Professionals.

Burke, J. (2008).  Classroom management.  New York, NY:  Scholastic, Inc.

Canter, L.  (2010). Lee Canter’s assertive discipline:  Positive behavior
management for today’s classroom. Bloomington, IN:  Solution Tree, Inc.

Cummings, C.  (2001)  Managing to teach:  A guide to classroom management. 
Edmonds, WA:  Teaching, Inc.

Curwin, R. L. and Mendler, A. N.  (2008). Discipline with dignity.  Alexandria, VA: 
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Glasser, W.  (2008). Every student can succeed.  Chatsworth, CA:  William Glasser,

Harlan, J. C. and Rowland, S. T. (2002).  Behavior management strategies for
teachers:  Achieving instructional effectiveness, student success, and student motivation—Every teacher and any student can!  Springfield, IL:  Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd.

Levin, J. and Nolan, J. F. (2003).  What every teacher should know about classroom
management.  Boston, MA:  Pearson Education, Inc.

Marzano, R. J., Gaddy, B. B., Foseid, M. C. Foseid, M. P., and Marzano, J. S. 
(2003).  A handbook for dlassroom management that works.  Alexandria, VA:  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Marzano, R. J., Marzano, J. S. and Pickering, D. J. (2003).  Classroom management
that works:  Research-based strategies for every teacher.  Alexandria, VA: 
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

McLeod, J., Fisher, J., and Hoover, G.  (2003). The key elements of classroom
management:  Managing time and space, student behavior, and instructional strategies.  Alexandria, VA:  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Shellard, E., Protheroe, N. and Turner, J. (2005).  What we know about:  Effective
classroom management to support student learning.  Arlington, VA:  Educational Research Service.

Smith, R. (2004).  Conscious classroom management:  Unlocking the secrets of
great teaching.  San Rafael, CA:  Conscious Teaching Publications.

Teacher-Student Relationships

Bluestein, J. (2001).  Creating emotionally safe schools:  A guide for educators and
parents.  Deerfield Beach, FL:  Health Communications, Inc.

Haggart, W. (2009).  Discipline and learning styles:  An educator’s guide.  Cadiz,
KY:  Performance Learning Systems, Inc.

Jensen, E.  (2009). Teaching with poverty in mind:  What being poor does to kids’
brains and what schools can do about it.  Alexandria, VA:  Association for
Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Mendler, A. N. (2001).  Connecting with students.  Alexandria, VA:  Association for
Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Rothstein-Fisch, C. and Trumbull, E.  (2008).  Managing diverse classrooms:  How
to build on students’ cultural strengths.  Alexandria, VA:  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Rules and Procedures

Brady, K., Forton, M. B., Porter, D. & Wood, C. (2003).  Rules in school.  Turners Falls, MA:  Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.

Mental Set

Denton, P. (2007).  The power of our words:  Teacher language that helps children learn.  Turners Falls, MA:  Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.

Kottler, J. A. (2002).  Students who drive you crazy:  Succeeding with resistant,
unmotivated, and otherwise difficult young people.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.

Mendler, A. N.  (2012). When teaching gets tough:  Smart ways to reclaim your
game.  Alexandria, VA:  Association for Supervision and Curriculum

Disciplinary Interventions

Alderman, T.  (2000).  Classroom discipline:  The effective use of negative
consequences.  Beaufort, SC:  Resources for Professionals.

DeBruyn, R. L. and Larson, J. L. (1992).  You can handle them all quick-action card
deck.  Manhattan, KS:  The Master Teacher, Inc.  Note:  The cards are
cheaper, but the book that goes with this has been updated as of 2008.

MacKenzie, R. J. (2003).  Setting limits in the classroom:  How to move beyond the
dance of discipline in today’s classrooms.  New York, NY:  Three Rivers Press.

Just for Elementary Teachers

Whyte, D. (2008).   You can’t teach a class you can’t manage.  Peterborough, NJ: 
Crystal Springs Books.

Just for Secondary Teachers

Cushman, K. and Rogers, L.  (2008). Fires in the bathroom:  Advice for teachers
from middle schoolers.  New York, NY:  The New Press.  Note:  A separate book is written from the high school perspective.

Emmer, E. T. and Evertson, C. M. (2009).  Classroom management for middle and
high school teachers.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson.

Lindberg, J. A., Kellye, D. E., and Swick, A. S.  (2005).  Common-senese classroom
management for middle and high school teachers.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press.

Ridnouer, K. (2006).  Managing your classroom with heart:  A guide for nurturing
adolescent learners.  Alexandria, VA:  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Walker, J. R. (2012).  Interventions that work with high school students.  Atlanta,
GA:  Jordan Reeves Associates, Inc.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ed-Tech Terms You Should Know

24 Ed-Tech Terms You Should Know    

24 Ed-Tech Terms You Should Know

Cutting through the buzzwords to talk about what matters in school technology.

posted December 12, 2012
If you’re a teacher or administrator who has been to an educational conference or sat in on a product demo featuring the latest classroom innovation, you know that the intersection of schools and technology is littered with buzzwords.
From mLearning to mobile apps to asynchronous instruction, the ed-tech landscape is equal parts high-gloss marketing and roll-up-your-sleeves instruction.
In the face of increased pressure to improve student performance, how can K–12 educators cut through the promotional hyperbole and put the focus where it should be — on classroom improvements?
It helps if you speak the language. This Ed Tech Cheat Sheet, which we first encountered on the Mr. G Online edublog, features 24 frequently used terms that teachers and other educators can reference when wading into discussions about the latest trends in educational technology.
Are there any other terms you’d like to see on this list? Let us know in the comments section.
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