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Rockin’ Rules (257 out of 365) #blogaday

good environment postI really like this image from User Generated Education a lot because it gives a good sense of things you should do to have a successful classroom environment. I was grabbed by the concepts in it – learners’ interests and in instruction, hands-on activities, work with others, challenge the students, engage with emotions, all about the process, and praise effort with success. The drawings are useful to break down the rules into simpler ideas for the students. Many posters that go up in classrooms have pictures with the words to incorporate the visual elements of learning. I had heard of many of these before, but the wording of them is more inspiring!

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Cooperating at the carpet (203 out of 365) #blogaday

Having something like this song as students come to the carpet is a great way to hold them accountable for how they act while they sit and listen, or participate. It involves visual cues, like criss-cross and quiet, that students can relate to as well as allowing the teacher to show the motions. carpet song