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Three Creative Positive Reinforcement (PR) Strategies You Might Not Have Thought Of

Positive reinforcement isn’t just about praise and encouragement; it helps if there is some variety in the way you acknowledge appropriate student behaviours. With that in mind, here are a couple of

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The secret to making your lessons more appealing and engaging

I like to use an analogy that simplifies the task of engaging students considerably – I call it the ‘emotion rucksack’. If you’re faced with students dragging their heels and groaning as they

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Effortless classroom management

This is an extract from one of my books – Take Control of the Noisy Class. I believe this to be THE most important message in the book. It holds the secret to ‘effortless’ classroom management. A

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How to learn 40+ students’ names FAST

You can easily learn a class of 40 names in one lesson with this method. It’s all just a matter of concentrating for a few minutes at a time on this single task and you’ll be amazed how powerful

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How to create a seating plan that works

A properly thought out seating plan is an essential tool when you’re faced with a very challenging class. I remember, early on in my career, what it was like trying to change the seating with some of

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Four steps for delivering consequences effectively

This four-step script can be used as a framework for delivering consequences without fights and fuss in response to most forms of disruption in lessons. 1. Give a clear warning State very clearly what

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5 strategies to deal with the disruptive joker

The joker is desperate for attention. His smart remarks, rude comments, smutty gestures, witty retorts and wisecracks may be funny (unfortunately, some class comedians really are!) but they are often

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7 tips to manage pupils who have no interest in your lesson

A student who has no interest in lessons and a negative attitude towards anything you say and do can have a terrible impact on the rest of the class. But what you must remember is that this student

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The number one secret to effective classroom management

After 25 years of working with emotionally damaged and ‘difficult’ children, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is just one true key to successful behaviour management. It really doesn’t matter

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The Top 7 Creative Positive Reinforcement Methods

Positive reinforcement isn’t just about giving verbal praise and encouragement; it helps if there is some variety in the way you acknowledge appropriate student behaviours. With that in mind, here are

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The Two Fundamentals of Dealing With Motivation Problems

It’s a fact of any teacher’s life, no matter how fluffy and positive you’ve made your classroom, no matter how many preventive strategies you’re using – kids are kids; there will be problems!

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The Top 2 Ways to Create Intrigue in your Lessons

By creating some intrigue we can often win round students who have preconceived notions that the lesson won’t interest them; we invite attention rather than demanding it. Intrigue can be created simply

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The Best Way to Use Rewards if You Want to See Positive Results… FAST

Here’s a much better way to use rewards as true motivators: offer them spontaneously as occasional surprises. One of the most effective reward systems I ever saw worked entirely on this basis. Unlike

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The danger of using rewards

I just want to briefly mention the issue of rewards here because they are often considered, along with praise, to be an effective strategy for positively reinforcing good behaviour. The Needs-Focused Approach

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Four ways to use music in the classroom

Research has shown that listening to music whilst studying can improve concentration and memorization whilst relieving work related stress and anxiety. Here are 4 easy ways to include music your classroom!   1.

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