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March 7th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

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March 6th, 2014 at 11:33 pm

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March 6th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

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Top 5 Tips for Classroom Management by Dr. Amber Brown

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Definition of Classroom Management:
Dr. Amber Brown, UT Arlington
All the methods and strategies a teacher uses to maintain a classroom environment that is conducive to student success and learning.

Top 5 Tips for Classroom Management

5. Set up the physical space of your classroom in a way that minimizes problem behaviors. For example, if want children to work independently and not talk- don’t place their desks facing each other in groups.

4. Be sure children know the rules and expectations for their behavior up front and state them in a positive manner. What I mean is tell them what want them to do – not all the things they can’t do. For example, if the expectation is that they walk down the hall, don’t say to them, “don’t run.” That leaves skipping, hopping, rolling, etc. open as options. You will need to remind children of your expectations often. Sometimes just reminding them of the rule will allow them to self-correct their behavior without your intervention.

3. Be consistent. Your rules and consequences need to be the same every day – no matter how you personally feel. For example, if the rule is that it is OK for children to talk to each other during center time, but you have a head ache that day so you punish them by having them turn their card, move a clip, or sign the book – that is confusing and unfair. That is not a child misbehaving – that is you having a bad day.

2. Have age-appropriate expectations. Don’t expect a 5 –year old to be able to sit still and listen to a book for 30 minutes. When they start fidgeting and misbehaving after 5 to 7 minutes- it’s not their fault, it’s normal behavior for a 5 year-old.

1. Strive to get to the underlying cause of a child’s misbehavior. Several underlying causes of misbehavior might include:
a. misunderstanding expectations – having children repeat your expectations to you in their own words will help you make sure they understand.
b. immaturity – not all children develop at the same rate so while a typically developing 5 year old should be able to sit and listen to a story for 5 minutes, a less mature 5 year old may only be able to sit for 3 minutes.
c. gleeful abandon/group contagion – this is how most food fights occur.
d. boredom – making sure your lessons are engaging and differentiated based on students’ ability will help minimize this
e. fatigue or discomfort –
f. desire for attention – I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that negative attention is better than no attention.
g. discouragement – can cause anger, resentment, and low self-esteem
h. frustration – can lead to aggressive behavior
i. rebellion – children often test the boundaries to see if you are going to be consistent. It also happens when you are too strict or authoritarian.

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January 31st, 2014 at 12:10 am

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Podcast version (audio-only) of Webinar 4: Paul Gorski on “Reaching and Teaching Students of Poverty” 

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January 30th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

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Recording for Jan. 25 webinar with Paul Gorski “Reaching and Teaching Students of Poverty”

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Here is the link to the recording of the Jan. 25 webinar with Paul Gorski “Reading and Teaching Students in Poverty”. It’s about an hour in length. Paul had great ideas about advocacy and how to counter deficit thinking. I hope people can view this and share this!

Click the link or cut and paste it to view it. You must have Java installed to view it.

https://elearn.uta.edu/webapps/bb-collaborate-bb_bb60/recording/launchGuest?uid=8675f213-60b0-45ae-a1a3-e7af9617318e

[I am working on converting to Podcast and YouTube for mobile access.]

Sponsored by the UTA New Teacher Project http://blog.uta.edu/utanewteachers/

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January 29th, 2014 at 3:09 am

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Links to Recordings Below!

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Webinar 1 (guest panel of teachers): about 1 hour, 15 minutes [If it won't open, cut and paste the link into a browser window and hit enter.]
https://elearn.uta.edu/webapps/bb-collaborate-bb_bb60/guest.recording.launch.event?uid=02cb1700-fefb-4c46-ae5e-8b1be6391ad1

NOTE: Fast forward webinar 1 to the 2:41 time point to where it really starts.

Webinar 2: (Building Classroom Community) about 1 hour, 20 minutes
Link to recording:[If it won't open, cut and paste the link into a browser window and hit enter.]
https://elearn.uta.edu/webapps/bb-collaborate-bb_bb60/guest.recording.launch.event?uid=bed560fd-9825-412a-96db-3c05c98bef46


Webinar 3 (Behavior Management), about 1 hour
https://elearn.uta.edu/webapps/bb-collaborate-bb_bb60/guest.recording.launch.event?uid=d49bb839-6967-44b1-80f6-b2a3a2b35bd3

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November 19th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

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November 16 Webinar–FREE! Open-Access: ALL are welcome. Topic: Behavior management

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Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UT Arlington
New Teacher Webinar Series
Open-Access: FREE for EVERYONE!

Webinar 3: Saturday, November 16, 2013 1:00-2:15 pm, CST

TOPIC: BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT

*Please see attached flyer for more details

Guest speakers: Dr. Diane Galloway and Dr. Jon Leffingwell. Also presenting are Tracy Smith (UTA graduate), Dr. Peggy Semingson, and Dr. Leisa Martin.
The link to join Webinar 3 on 11/16 is here. You can join up to 60 minutes prior to the session: https://elearn.uta.edu/webapps/bb-collaborate-bb_bb60/external.guest.session.launch.event?uid=ce0b074d-1cdd-4ecf-9885-f5d2b1fba3ca

Please stay tuned to New Teacher Events and informational media on the New Teacher Blog! http://blog.uta.edu/utanewteachers/

• Recordings of previous webinars
• PowerPoints of previous webinars
• Podcast series with useful advice for new teachers!
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Become a better teacher. Get tips. Connect with UTA faculty and other teachers.

Open-Access: This webinar series is FREE and open to EVERYONE. Tell a friend!

Convenience: Join by a mobile device!

There is an option to join by mobile device for your convenience:
• Use the free mobile app “Blackboard Collaborate” to join the session!
• Open the app, then enter the URL to join the session.

Email Peggy Semingson for questions: peggys@uta.edu

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November 7th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

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“Expect Good Things”: Podcast on Behavior Management with Tips from Dr. Jon Leffingwell

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In this first podcast of our series for new teachers, Dr. Jon Leffingwell, licensed psychologist and an Associate Professor of Education shares tips on behavior management for new teachers, including creating positive expectations for students.

Stay tuned for upcoming podcasts from Dr. Amber Brown, Dr. Marc Schwartz, Dr. Peggy Semingson, and others!

To our followers of this blog: What do you think about the idea of creating positive expectations? How do you do so in your classroom and what works?

The transcript of this Podcast is below

“Expect Good Things”: Podcast on Behavior Management with Tips from Dr. Jon Leffingwell with Dr. Peggy Semingson

*Views are the perspective of individual faculty members and not necessarily the views of UT Arlington.

It’s Friday October 25 and we are talking to Dr. Jon Leffingwell about behavior management. Dr. Leffingwell can you tell us your title and any tips for new teachers?

Dr. Leffingwell: Yes, I am a licensed psychologist and I am an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. My first tip is to expect good things—in yourself and in your students because this will translate into behaviors that you project to them and that they mirror back. For example, if you expect them to be cooperative and enthusiastic they will because you mirror those behaviors. The other thing I would suggest is that you have a system of behavior management that we teach at the university. It gives you a concrete way to deal with positive and negative behaviors and increase the positive and decrease the negative. But, it’s a system that will help you to not worry about being out of touch or Overrun with-by your students.

Peggy Semingson: Oh, good. Is there anything else, like humor that you want to add.  Tips for teachers?

Dr. Leffingwell: Yes. Laugh at yourself. You make mistakes. I make mistakes.  We all make mistakes. IT’s ok. You go on. The other thing, a tip I have is that every hour of every day someone’s going to frown at you and it’s not because you caused it. It’s because of a headache or because someone didn’t speak to them the way they wanted to or…some other reason. Don’t internalize other people’s behaviors.

Peggy Semingson: That’s good advice for all of us.

Dr. Leffingwell: I hope so.

Peggy Semingson: I like it. Well good, that’s really helpful. Thank you.

Dr. Leffingwell: Thank you.

For a copy of this transcript, click here: Expect Good Things 10_25_13 Podcast Transcript

Stay tuned for future episode of our New Teacher Podcast Series!

-Dr. Peggy Semingson

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October 25th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

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Webinar 3, November 16, 1:00 pm, CST “Behavior Management”

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Come participate in Webinar 3 on November 16 (Topic: “Behavior Management” with guests Diane Galloway and Jon Leffingwell!).
The link to join Webinar 3 on 11/16 is here. You can join up to 60 minutes prior to the session: https://elearn.uta.edu/webapps/bb-collaborate-bb_bb60/external.guest.session.launch.event?uid=ce0b074d-1cdd-4ecf-9885-f5d2b1fba3ca
Please stay tuned to New Teacher Events on the New Teacher Blog!

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October 22nd, 2013 at 5:16 pm

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