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The whir of productivity, an air of engagement, and perhaps a little controlled chaos; our experiences in the classroom teach us that learning is seldom quiet or linear. Usually, it’s messy. The lessons that keep kids talking after they leave class carry a pulse of excitement, but having clear expectations and a classroom structure to work within is what helps us maximize that experience for everyone. This week we’re featuring a new playlist of classroom management videos to help you create a structure that enables your learners to be curious and engaged while staying within that framework.

This week we’re also celebrating a community milestone, a milestone that we gratefully thank all of you for helping us to achieve. We now have over 1,000 questions and even more answers in Teaching Channel’s Q&A feature. I love this tool because it makes it easy for you to ask your specific questions and get specific answers from our community of educators. To mark this occasion we have a special resource you’re definitely going to want to download: a snappy new PDF that collects “15 Great Q&As on the Common Core.” 

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3 Videos on Classroom Management

Grade 3 | ELA | Management (Downloads)
Ms. Sinclair centers her students each day by using a circle discussion to have them rate how they are feeling. She then uses this information to help gauge her instruction for the day. 
All Grades | All Subjects | Routines
Ms. Alcala knows that a little competition for middle school students can rally them around a common purpose
All Grades | All Subjects | Management
Ms. Noonan has figured out how to maximize instructional time. By attaching content to her transitions, she can introduce new words to her 5th grade “scholars” at every opportunity.  
After watching this video, teacher Michelle Townsley shared a great tip:
For 6th grade math, I give my students a substantial problem to work out. I ask them to circle all the numbers, box the math vocabulary, underline the objective, and put a question mark next to anything they don't know. Then the students have five minutes of quiet think-time, followed by collaboration. Most students haven't solved the problem by that time, but they have had enough time to start formulating solutions.