Survey Says . . .

One of the most well known television game shows in the history of the genre is Family Feud. If you’re not familiar with the show, it goes something like this: a survey group asks one hundred people a question like, “Other than a birthday, what’s a good reason to throw a party?” Contestants are then … Continue reading Survey Says . . .

Engagement Makes It Personal

Not long ago I visited with one of my former students. I taught him while he was in his senior year. By his own admission, his high school academic record was a little above average. After high school, he was able to enter a program at a nearby community college, and his academic marks were … Continue reading Engagement Makes It Personal

SCORE with Student Engagement

As a band director, I conducted my fair share of performances. In case you’re wondering, it does involve a little more than just standing in front of the musicians flapping my arms! Creating a beautiful performance involves knowing how all the parts work together to achieve the musical goals of the composer. All of the … Continue reading SCORE with Student Engagement

Student Engagement: It’s As Easy As ABC PFC!

The last quarter of the academic year can be challenging for students, because they are starting to focus more on their outdoor activities. Even so, there are ways that teachers can help students dig deep and engage in their learning.  In the article 6 Intrinsic Motivators to Power Up Your Teaching, author Mike Anderson identifies … Continue reading Student Engagement: It’s As Easy As ABC PFC!

Engaging the Brain

As we spring forward into the final quarter of the academic year, student thoughts turn to their summer activities. Youth athletic leagues begin practicing, preparations are made for the upcoming county fair season, and students are generally out and about later because the sun is shining later into the evenings. All of this makes it … Continue reading Engaging the Brain

High Yield Strategy: School-Wide Behavior Management

Over the past several weeks we have been examining classroom practices, classroom teacher practices, and individual student responsibility as it relates to classroom management. While the teacher and his/her classroom plays a big part in the day-to-day management of student behavior matters, the school as a whole also plays an integral part.  Robert Marzano and … Continue reading High Yield Strategy: School-Wide Behavior Management

High Yield Strategy: Student Responsibility

The burden of classroom management often appears to rest solely on the shoulders of teachers, but the complete truth is that a well managed classroom is a partnership between teachers and students. Yes, teachers need to set up policies and practices, be consistent, and maintain the right mindset related to student behavior, but students need … Continue reading High Yield Strategy: Student Responsibility

High Yield Strategy: Mental Set

Did you realize one of the most statistically significant tools in your behavior management kit is your mind? No, I’m not talking about going all Uri Geller and trying to bend the students like spoons (if this makes no sense to you, then you probably don’t know Geller was an illusionist whose big TV trick … Continue reading High Yield Strategy: Mental Set

High Yield Strategy: Teacher-Student Relationships

Robert Marzano and his team have undertaken meta-analysis related to effective classroom management techniques and have reported the findings in the book Classroom Management That Works.  The statistical measure they use in reporting is the effect size, which reports change via standard deviation.  When looking for high yield techniques related to classroom management, the effect … Continue reading High Yield Strategy: Teacher-Student Relationships

High Yield Classroom Management Strategy: Disciplinary Interventions

Robert Marzano and his team have undertaken meta-analysis related to effective classroom management techniques and have reported the findings in the book Classroom Management That Works.  The statistical measure they use in reporting is the effect size, which reports change via standard deviation.  When looking for high yield techniques related to classroom management, the effect … Continue reading High Yield Classroom Management Strategy: Disciplinary Interventions