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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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How to maintain your lesson’s flow

When students experience boredom, frustration or an interruption of any kind, varying levels of inappropriate behaviour can start to emerge. Their attention wanders, they start to work mechanically without

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5 quick ways to show students you care

It’s impossible to build a warm, positive relationship with anyone unless you express a level of care and appreciation towards them. So, if you want to get students on-side, if you want to build bonds

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How to create a community in the classroom

Students are most motivated when they feel they are part of a community in which they feel accepted and in which individuality is encouraged. By definition a community is a group of people who work with

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Five ways to make praise and encouragement more effective

Here are some ways of improving praise so that it creates the kind of positive changes you want to see in your challenging students. Make praise descriptive and specific Real praise – the kind that

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Dealing with late-comers and poor punctuality

Students arriving late can be disruptive to your lesson. Late-comers often attract attention from their classmates meaning time is spent, and likely wasted, on the justification to their delayed arrival.

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How to avoid getting drawn into secondary behaviours and backchat

Whenever you have to issue a consequence to a student you will almost certainly provoke some eye rolling, muttering, complaining and other secondary behaviours. Don’t get drawn into these attempts to

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Why positive relationships could be the most effective tool in your classroom

As a teacher, you inevitably wear many hats. In the morning you may be a nurse and a counsellor but come the afternoon you’ll find yourself as a makeshift police officer and even a step-in Mum. All of

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How to get students calm and settled at the door

In most disruptive classrooms the teacher focuses on what is going wrong and in this instance, it’s unruly behaviour that began before your students even walked through the door. It’s easy to constantly

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3 ways to start conversations with students when they would rather not talk to you.

    It’s important to find out about your students’ interests so that you can build strong and meaningful relationships, but what happens if they don’t even want to talk to you? As well

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