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Hi Member,
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.” 

Enjoy!
 
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel

3 Videos on Classroom Management
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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.  
 
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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.