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July 1, 2019

There are two different perspectives to consider when applying Tools for Teaching to the job of substitute teaching. The first is when you are about to have a substitute. The second is when you are about to be a substitute. Our treatment of substitute teaching will, therefore, have two parts: 1) your preparation for having a substitute, and 2) what to do when you are the substitute.

Having a Substi...

February 11, 2019

Proximity and mobility - two concepts familiar to Tools for Teaching enthusiasts. The teacher’s proximity to the students is their best tool to prevent, discourage, and interrupt misbehavior. The teacher’s mobility in the classroom determines how effectively they can use their proximity. We call this “Working the Crowd” and the biggest obstacle to working the crowd is the furniture. A teacher’s mo...

May 2, 2018

Level 1: Primary Prevention in the Classroom

I have received an increasing number of emails from district administrators and staff development specialists thanking us for helping them implement PBIS. They use phrases like, “has perfect alignment,” “gives us everything we need,” and “is positive and practical.” These emails led me to ask myself, “What in the world is PBIS?”

What Is PBIS?

In the 1990’s...

April 3, 2018

Teachers are always looking for ways to improve their classrooms, and classroom management is often at the top of the list. When your management system in place, your class can run like a finely tuned machine. However, some classes can be a challenge. The strategies you’ve used in the past just aren’t working and you search and search for help. You talk to colleagues, read books, scour the interne...

January 2, 2018

Preventing Discipline Problems

“Is it possible to teach a lesson so effectively that the need for corrective feedback is nearly eliminated?” The answer is YES – if we employ Say, See, Do Teaching. With Say, See, Do Teaching, the heart of any lesson is a series of Say, See, Do Cycles in which we tell and show the students what to do next and then put them to work doing it before they forget. As they...

July 8, 2016

Types of Rules

Different kinds of rules serve different functions. In the classroom, there are two basic types of rules.

  • General Rules: General rules spell out the teacher’s overall expectations for good work and good behavior within the classroom.

  • Specific Procedures: Specific procedures spell out exactly “how to do this” and exactly “how to do that” in the classroom.

General Rules

Genera...

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