Using a Discipline System to Promote Learning
- On returning to the classroom after 24 years,
Marvin Marshall struggled to maintain discipline. In Part 1 of
this article, he describes how his frustration led him to
develop a system -- incorporating the ideas and strategies of
Stephen Covey, William Glasser, Abraham Maslow, and others --
that would promote responsible behavior by internally
motivating students. In Part 2, Kerry Weisner describes the
positive changes in her students' behavior and learning after
she implemented Mr. Marshall's program in her classroom.
Don't Speak English Starter Kit for Primary Teachers - A free,
downloadable resource guide for educators of limited English proficient
students, grades Pre-K - 6. The first Help! They Don't Speak English Starter Kit
was produced in 1989 by a task force of Virginia migrant educators who were
getting an increasing number of requests from classroom teachers for information
about and assistance with their limited English proficient (LEP) students. The
Help! Kit has proved to be an excellent resource for teachers who are seeking
ideas for recommended teaching strategies, lesson plans, and materials.
Getting to Know Your Classmates with
Special Needs by Mary Ellen Leahy, Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute -
The primary objective of this unit is to sensitize both students and teachers to
special education students and their needs and their rights. Many regular
education students and teachers have had limited contact with special education
the Lack of Motivation for Learning - Teachers say that the most
frustrating aspect of dealing with students is "lack of motivation for
learning." In this article from KAPPAN magazine (March 2004), the authors
describe the Paideia Coached Project, an approach that more and more schools are
adopting in an effort to combat this pervasive problem. "When students know that
their project or performance will be presented to an audience outside the
classroom, they are inspired to produce work of the highest quality." [Source:
Words That Hurt. Words That Heal:
Adult Morale Affects Student Achievement
- A teacher's words can make a parent's day and vice versa. My
daughter called excitedly the other day when her first child brought his first
report card home. No, It wasn't all A's but it did carry a sentence from the
teacher that made all the difference: "Your child is a wonderful boy."
Teacher Feature: A Remarkable Program
For At-Risk, Middle Level Students - There are textbooks,
workbooks, manuals, manipulative devices, and gadgets of all sorts designed to
remediate communication disorders. While the publishers claim many of these to
be appropriate for junior high school, the fact is that there is a complete and
utter void of remedial material appropriate for junior high school or secondary
school. However, from my perspective, I am not so much concerned with the
absence of remedial material as I am with the absence of a satisfactory
rationale under which remedial techniques may be applied.
A Pernicious Silence:
Confronting Race in the Elementary Classroom
- Communities of silence cannot be moral
communities. And the most pernicious
and pervasive silence in primary school classrooms is the
silence surrounding the subject of race. Lillian
Polite and Elizabeth Baird Saenger
maintain that it is much healthier for everyone when
race can be freely
discussed, and they offer suggestions to help teachers
overcome their discomfort.
Internet Resources for Teachers -
"We have discovered the vastness of the resources available to teachers on the
internet. Following are a variety of resources that are most helpful to
teachers. Print our list and visit sites that are of interest to see what they
have to offer. Our resource links have been grouped according to subject
Online Mentoring Program for Mathematics
and Science Teachers:
Consortium for the Improvement of Mathematics and Science Teaching -
Since 1992 the Eisenhower Southwest Consortium for the Improvement of
Mathematics and Science Teaching (SCIMAST) has supported meaningful reform of
science and mathematics education in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
The JASON Academy:
Accredited Online Science and Math Courses -
The JASON Academy is an innovative approach to professional
development for busy teachers who want to take content-rich,
continuing education science or mathematics courses anytime, anywhere
via the Internet. The JASON Academy enhances teachers' science content
background and provides them with the tools to help students learn
more effectively. JASON Academy courses have no text materials, but
instead use hotlinked references and provide numerous classroom
applications with demonstrations and hands-on activities. Through
JASON Academy courses, teachers are discovering new possibilities for
bringing standards-based instruction into their classrooms.
Next Session Begins October 4, 2004.
Space is limited!
Free Online Teacher/Educator Clipart Gallery -
Discovery School now makes it easy to add graphics to your
next project, whether it's for home or school. Choose from hundreds of
original clip art pieces, including animations!
At Web English
Teacher "educators can take advantage of online technology to share ideas
and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance;
experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library
and faculty workroom on a global scale. Because the most important part of
teaching isn't the technology."
Teachers: "The Net's Best resource for Teachers" includes teaching
resources, clipart, plus insect, dinosaur, ocean, and animal units.
We Get What We Get: The Bottom Line
On Parent Accountability - The following is a
somewhat blunt, but quite definitive answer to the questions so often asked by
frustrated teachers: What should be the parent's level of accountability in
their children's education? ~ What do classroom teachers have the right to
require and/or expect from parents in the way of cooperation, involvement and
participation in their child's learning? If the parents won't see that they get
their assignments done and won't come to conferences, what can I do?
Red & Green Choices
- Find 19 Free Printable Charts to Help You Help Children Model Appropriate
Behavior. Developed by an intervention resource room instructor working in an
inclusionary model school, the "Red and Green Choices" positive behavioral
development strategies, work for a wide age range. "Cindy T's Circle Time" is
directed to younger students - a full color picture book for teachers to use
during class time. "Niki's Next Grade" is a chapter-book story told by Niki who
wants to make a "green next grade plan" with no help from adults this time!
Powerful and motivating for adults and children!
CLiMB - Clarifying Language in Michigan Benchmarks
A Resource Developed by Teachers for the Michigan Department of
Education. Provides clarifications,
resources, instructional and
assessment examples for five content areas: English Language
Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts.
To view the Michigan Benchmarks,
click here (PDF).
Knowledge Loom Web
Site: A Great Tool for the Teaching Community! Interested in best practices
in areas such as literacy, equity, technology, middle school math, school
organization, and community involvement? The Knowledge Loom Web site highlights
these areas and more while providing a forum for educators to:
* Review research on best practices;
* Read stories about practices used in schools and districts around the nation;
* Learn to replicate successful practices in your school;
* Participate in online events and discussions; and
* Explore supporting organizations and resources.
A bonus perk: Professional development facilitators can
companion guidebook that contains ideas and tools for using the content on
the Knowledge Loom for professional learning.
Parker J. Palmer:
the Human Heart - Parker J. Palmer is a writer,
teacher, and activist who works independently on
issues in education, community, leadership,
spirituality, and social change. In this interview
with the Journal of Staff
Development, Palmer discusses his seminal work "The Courage to Teach:
Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life" (1997) and the
responsibility schools have to nurture those
who work in them.
Guide to E-Learning 2003 - US News & World
Report's guide includes a searchable directory of distance learning courses,
certificates, and degrees, as well as articles on current trends in
Teachers Who "Work the Room" - The most basic factor that governs the
likelihood of students goofing off in your classroom is their physical distance
from your body. Classroom management guru Fred Jones shares his ideas on
ways to arrange your classroom and "work the crowd" to create more time on task
and cut down on "goofing off." "Natural teachers instinctively work the crowd,"
Jones writes. "They use proximity as an instrument of management. They know that
either you work the crowd, or the crowd works you."
New Web Site to Offer Disability Sensitivity Training - A new web site is
now available to provide Disability Sensitivity Training.
Molding Effective Teachers
- Psychologists' research is shedding light on the ingredients of
The Creative Classroom -
American School Board Journal: Maybe schools
can't teach kids to be creative, but they can provide an atmosphere
that allows creativity to flourish.
How to Start a Lesson Plan - What do you do if a district does
not have a curriculum guide for your grade level or subject? How do
you write a lesson plan? What are the steps in creating a good
The Heart of a Teacher:
Identity and Integrity in
Conversation Guide Now Available! -
Positive communication is the single most important key to developing a
partnership between families and professionals. This is so because
communication lies at the heart of all other forms of partnership.
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Module Now Available! -
Written by Tricia &
Calvin Luker, this 23-page module (pdf version) has been given to us
to distribute to
parents, parent groups, and professionals - at no cost.
Institute, Inc. - For more than 20 years, the
Crisis Prevention Institute has supported the work of professionals who work
with challenging or potentially violent individuals by providing a relevant,
practical behavior management program. Itís called the Nonviolent Crisis
Interventionģ training program and more than 4.5 million professionals have
participated in this program to learn how to resolve conflict at the earliest
Check out your
teacher's certification status with Michigan's
Teacher Certification Lookup tool -
Educational Services has been providing quality home-study courses
for Continuing Education credit since 1985. We currently offer over 80
courses in five major health care fields. As a health care
professional, you may have already received our course information in
the mail. Perhaps you've even purchased courses from us before.
Now, you can browse our extensive selection of CE courses online!
Teacher Network - "Michigan Teacher Network supports Michigan
educators in the successful use of technology by providing easy access
to information and materials that have been carefully evaluated for
quality, relevance, and effectiveness."
Voice of Experience: What Iíve Learned About Cultivating Parent
Involvement - Educator Max Fischer has found that successful
teaching often hinges on employing a wide variety of instructional
methods to meet student needs. In this Voice of Experience essay,
Fischer reflects on how getting parents involved in their studentsí
education also requires a variety of approaches. Included: Eight
things Fischer has learned about working with parents!
Curriculum and Plans for Education (SCoPE) Site - The Sample
Curriculum and Plans for Education (SCoPE) Site offers practical
classroom support to all Michigan education professionals. The site is
unlike any other teacher resource now available on the Internet.
Michigan SB-CEU Master Listing
System - Michigan's Office of Professional Preparation Services
provides this online listing of board-approved, professional
development courses. Browse course offerings by category, month, or
sponsor. For more details, visit
New Web Site to Offer
Disability Sensitivity Training - A new web site is now
available to provide Disability Sensitivity Training to the citizens
Michigan Virtual University (MVU)
offers a variety of online professional development opportunities. For
more details, visit
The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read
This 64-page booklet
provides teachers with a summary of the findings of the National
Reading Panel from its review of reading research. Organized by major
reading topic for kindergarten through grade 3 (phonemic awareness
instruction, phonics instruction, vocabulary instruction, fluency
instruction, and text comprehension instruction), the booklet lists
the main findings from the research, suggests how the findings can be
translated to practice, and answers some frequently asked questions
about each topic.
Download this document --
HTML (accessible format) or order this
document in print
The Power of Written Praise
- A little praise can be a huge motivator for students. When one
student's scores increased dramatically, his teacher, Max Fischer,
sent him a congratulatory postcard with a brief note of encouragement.
"No teacher has ever written a note of encouragement to my son," the
student's mother said. "He's never been a good student, especially in
social studies. His previous teachers seemed to concentrate on his
faults. I just wanted to thank you. It means a lot to him and me." The
poignancy of her comments still grips Fischer. The fact of the matter
is that this particular student had never been more than a D student
in social studies. But Fischer has always had a philosophy of building
up students with praise -- when warranted. The dramatic improvement,
albeit not earth-shattering by many standards, indicated to Fischer
that this young man could achieve at a higher level and was making a
serious attempt to do so. Written notes of praise are designed to
applaud and motivate students. Read Max Fischer's reflections about
the power of written praise to raise student achievement. Included:
Six reasons to put praise for students in writing. [from PEN]
A-Z Teacher Stuff
Created for teachers by a teacher--sponsored by Scholastic Teacher
Store. This site was designed to help teachers find online lesson
plans and resources more quickly and easily. Online since 1997, the
site has grown to more than 1000 pages! It includes lesson plans
organized by popular themes, a large collection of printables, tips
from teachers, and articles.
Aids Special Ed Teachers
- Program created by Mesa district to cut paperwork.
NewTeacher.com is a non-commercial
website dedicated to enhancing the lives and spirit of teachers and children by
disseminating information to help educators meet the needs and challenges of the
thousands of new teachers who enter the profession each year, and by providing
funding for supplies, training, and "First Day of School" celebrations.
New Copyright Exemptions for Distance
Educators: The Technology,
Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act -
click here for more info.
THIRTEEN NEW LEARNING RESOURCES
in the arts, science, & social studies have been added to FREE.
The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) website makes
it easy for teachers, parents, students, & others to find learning
resources from more than 40 federal organizations.
Troops-to-Teachers provides Referral Assistance and
Placement services to military personnel interested in beginning
a second career in public education as a teacher. The Michigan
Troops-to-Teachers office will help applicants identify teacher
certification requirements, programs leading to certification
and employment opportunities.
Click here to read more.
Bush Plans to Boost
Teacher Loan Relief - President Bush wants to more than
triple the aid offered to college graduates who agree to teach
math, science and special education classes in poor schools,
enough for many to wipe out their federal student loans.
Teaching Students Their Job - Schools Often Overlook the Need
to Put Study Skills in the Curriculum.
Clearinghouse on Careers and Professions Related to Early Intervention
and Education for Children with Disabilities - The National
Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education (NCPSE) is
committed to enhancing the nation's capacity to recruit, prepare, and
retain well qualified diverse educators and related service personnel
for children with disabilities.
The Eclectic Teacher:
Demand - As Necessary As Process Writing
The Grace of Great Things:
Reclaiming the Sacred in Knowing, Teaching, and Learning
Honoring the Teacher's Heart -
I am the son of two recently retired New York City
Board of Education public school teachers. Combined, they racked up
sixty-five years of service.
Island may offer teachers alternate route to classrooms
Who is best equipped to teach -- the dedicated outsider or
the trained professional? [source]
Best Discipline is Good Curriculum -
Teachers consistently report trying almost anything to gets
students to behave. This article concludes
that running a classroom can be easier when both students and teachers
care about what's being taught.
of Experience -
At the start of the school year, survey students so they
learn which intelligences they favor - includes links to additional
The Responsive Classroom:
Approach for Teaching Children to Care
Find your profession:
Information regarding the MADSP
(Michigan Alliance of Direct Support Professionals can be found
at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Michigan-DSP/ and
Evoking the Spirit in Public Education
- When we bring forth the spirituality of
teaching and learning, we help students honor life's most
Who Is and Isn't
Qualified to Teach? - Experts
Disagree on What Makes Good Teachers: Specialized Knowledge, Personal
Qualities or Training
Release: State Board
of Education Adopts Substantive Policies for Early
Childhood Literacy, Elevating
Today's Back-to-School Special -
20 strategies to get your classroom off to a great
start this school year.
Management Tips & Articles
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Can Teacher Education Close the Achievement Gap?
- The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York,
Pennsylvania and Virginia claimed the lives of over 3,000 people. But
every day of the school year, on average, this same number drop out of
high school and very few take notice. Americaís greatest crisis is a
of Experience: Learn why teacher Janice Robertson looks forward to
integrating special-needs students into her classroom lessons. [source]
Instructional Strategies - This topic explores strategies
educators can use to teach content and skills to students.
MIRS 8/5/02 -
Engler Highlights E-Government
Effort with Online Curriculum Support for Teachers
Read the Education World article "Thematic "Hot
lists" Add Interest and
Save Time" - Online resources for more than 25 popular
Teachers step out -
instructors working as interns hope to bring back new insights and
skills to the classroom.
MILLION PROGRAM DESIGNED TO EQUIP INNER-CITY TEACHERS - As part of
their commitment to improving student achievement and increasing
teacher retention in nine elementary schools, the Osborne Foundation
has awarded $1.5 million to the Public Education Foundation (PEF), a
local education fund, to implement a master's degree program for urban
educators. Designed to allow teachers to earn a master's degree at no
individual costs, the Osborne Fellows Project will support and help to
improve student achievement and increase teacher effectiveness through
continuing education. The goals of the program are to educate teachers
on how to enhance student learning within urban schools and
communities, and to ensure that all students are reading at or above
grade level. These over-arching goals are interwoven throughout a
cohort-based program, crosscutting issues such as literacy
instruction, educational technology, classroom management, and
instructional strategies for urban learners. Specifically designed for
the urban educator, teachers will attend classes such as
Socio-Cultural Context of Urban Education; Classroom Management &
Instructional Techniques; Assessment, Action Research, & Evaluation;
and Problem-Based Field Practicum.
Classroom Management Tips & Articles from Education World Online
School "Rules"! Ten Activities for Establishing
Starting the school year on the right foot includes establishing
classroom rules that will last the whole year through. Many teachers
involve students in establishing their classroom rules. (Surprisingly,
student-created rules are often much the same as -- or even tougher
than -- rules a teacher might create. After all, students want to
attend school in a safe environment, and they want to know the
boundaries when it comes to classroom behavior.)
Classroom Management: Ten Teacher-Tested Tips!
Hallway conferences, pasta discipline, buddy rooms, bell work: Those
and six other ideas for taming temper tantrums and other classroom
disruptions are the focus of this Education World story. Included: An
opportunity for all teachers to share the classroom-management
techniques that work for them!
Creating a Climate for Learning: Effective Classroom
In Positive Classroom Discipline, Fred Jones states, "The most
widespread management technique at home and in the classroom is nag,
nag, nag." It's also probably the least effective. Learn how to stop
nagging and start teaching. Included: 12 teacher-tested tips for
Do Seating Arrangements and Assignments = Classroom
Now might be a good time to take a long look at your classroom seating
arrangement. Advice and opinions about classroom arrangements and
seating assignments abound, and Education World explores the
possibilities! Included: Tips from Fred Jones on how to get the most
out of classroom arrangements.
Let's Cooperate! -- Teachers Share Tips for Cooperative
Cooperation starts at the top! Teachers who use cooperative learning
in their classrooms have developed techniques that make the most of
this method, and they share them. Ideas that range from forming groups
to using rubrics will make any lesson of a cooperative nature a little
more fun! Included: Teacher tips, a rubric for grading students'
cooperative efforts, and additional online resources!
The Secret's in the Little Things: Simple Tips for
Here they are -- 12 quick tips to help make managing your classroom a
breeze! Included are tips for getting to know your students,
communicating with parents, getting your day of to a good start, and
Beat the Clock! -- Lessons in Time Management for
Is time management an issue for your students? Do their busy schedules
and social lives prevent them from completing homework assignments?
Now a free resource can help students learn to "beat the clock"!
Included: Sample activities for teaching time management!
When It Comes to Volatile Kids, Pick Your Battles
Dr. Ross W. Greene, a psychologist who works with easily frustrated
children and their parents and the author of The Explosive Child,
advises parents and teachers that identifying the causes of a child's
frustration and working with the youngster to develop coping skills
can lead to fewer explosions and more compliance. Included: Strategies
for working with explosive children in the classroom.