Managing the physical classroom

  • Seating charts
  • Timers  – “This helps get kids used to being able to manage their time,” Lennon said.
  • Noise levels  – “Balls bounce up and down the louder it gets in the room, which might encourage students to make more noise to watch things–I sometimes have to turn it off. But that you can look at the screen and see what the noise level is, is a good thing for the teacher to see and the student to see,” she said.

Behavior management

  • Class Dojo – This tool focuses on both positive and negative behavior, instead of only penalizing students for poor behavior.
  • Edmodo – “The best part of Edmodo is that you can give people badges,” Lennon said. “You can shower your children with badges. This is a good, simple interface with students and parents.”
  • Classcraft – Classcraft is similar to Class Dojo, but is aimed at older students and is set up as an avatar-driven world. Students create their avatars and also create teams and gain or lose points, and the entire team will gain or lose points depending on behavior.
  • Google Classroom offers a way to keep track of all student-teacher communications. In terms of behavior management, teachers can send messages directly to students as a more private means to address behavioral concerns.

Resources for effective instruction

Attendance and gradebook

Home connections

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Laura Ascione

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