TEACHER CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

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TEACHER CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
TECHNIQUES
NETBOOKS in MY CLASSROOM!
CONNECTION GRANT IS HERE TO HELP SOLVE
PROBLEMS.
Problems:
1. Not all students have access to technology
2. Not all students have the same skills
3. Not all students need to experience the same
information at the same time
4. Not all teachers Differentiate their Instruction
5. Not all students “get it” the first time
6. Not all students are successful
7. Not all students need to be re-taught/retested
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LEVELING STUDENTS RESULTS IN:
Students only experiencing discussions and
comments from students at the same level
 Students only experiencing work habits and
attitudes of students at the same level
 Students identifying themselves as low
achievers (labeling, low expectations, group
mentality and attitude)
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DIGITAL LEARNING SOLVES PROBLEMS
Student is in more control of their own learning
experience
 Students able to review, accelerate, or remediate
at their own pace
 Parents can be more involved in the extended
learning process
 Teachers able to “team teach” with themselves
resulting in more time, better monitoring of
students with less re-teaching and tutoring issues.
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THE 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOM
Read Handout: Twenty-First Century Skills
 Do you still want to teach in a 1920’s classroom?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_6GUx1Zx0w
 Watch these Videos--Take Time to Learn & Reflect
(2 hrs CPE credit):
http://www.micdl.org/resources/87
 Discussion Blog: Discuss issues at:
 http://podcast.arpisd.org/users/tigertube/weblog
/d6154/Welcome_to_TigerTube__the_Connection
s_Grant.html
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #1
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You need to reflect on how to RE-ARRANGE your
classroom to manage Netbook users effectively. If
you can not see their screens, then they will be
tempted to be off task. Make SURE you can see
ALL screens.
You will need to give clear direct instructions
about what should be accomplished when the
Netbooks are opened and being used by
students. Rubrics (check lists) are the best way to
give students clear instructions of what they are
to accomplish.
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #2
“I want to see eyeballs”: Before you try to give
instructions, make sure you have their attention.
 Use “1-2-3 Eyes on Me” if you want them to close
their laptops for a lengthy set of instructions or to
begin a new activity. Explain to class that as soon
as they hear “1”, they are to put their laptops into
“sleep” (Fn +F4) if they have been “surfing” and
“hibernation” (Fn + F12)mode if they have a
project they are working on and then close the lid.
 Use: “45 Your Screens” (Sleep, Hibernate, Shut
Down)
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #3
Move Around the Classroom: Just because
students are interacting with a computer, does
NOT mean they don’t need your attention,
encouragement, re-direction, critique, or praise.
 Do NOT plant yourself behind your desk while
Netbooks are being used! You will OFTEN catch
students off task…much easier than you could
when they were only “thinking” off task. Now you
have the opportunity to catch them and re-direct
them as never before.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #4
Consider Group Work: Some of the most
memorable (and frustrating) instructional
moments have taken place during team work. The
synergistic advantage of working in groups
incorporates investigation, negotiation, discussion,
collaboration, and enhanced productivity.
 In Group Work NOT everyone needs to have a
computer up and running. Select a single person
to be the scribe for the group discussion or the
researcher for the group investigation.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #5
Use Students as Experts: In the 21st Learning
Environment, everyone is learning – including
the teacher. Ask students for help or assign
them to become the expert. Managing the
human resource in your room is the most
valuable method of engaging students.
 If they TEACH it, they will KNOW it. Use students
to peer tutor other students. Everyone in the
room is responsible for learning and teaching.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #6
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Engaging students in 24/7 instruction
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Use TigerTube Blogs to (Hold them Accountable):
 Require
reflection on the day’s lesson
 Require “value added” comments on Your Blog
 Require uploaded projects (PowerPoint, Videos, Audio,
Writing Samples) to demonstrate understanding
 Require presentations to be uploaded and presented
orally from student’s Blog.
 Require students to generate their own questions for
classroom discussions from their Blog.
 Require students to take an assessment from Your Blog.
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT # 7
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Using Your Blog:
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Require students to download from your Blog a Template, a
PowerPoint, a Rubric, an Assignment, a Quiz, a Handout,
etc., save it on their computer, work on the product, and
then turn it in (by email, by uploading it to their Blog, by
printing it, etc.)
Place higher-order discussion questions on your Blog and
ask students to use the “Comment Section” of your Blog to
write their “value added” responses.
Put all the research links on your Blog. These are the only
links the students need in order to participate in the
assigned activities. This stops the “wasting time” of net
surfing AND you know exactly where the students should be
on the Internet.
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #8
Allow students to “charge” their Netbooks on your
back table during class, lunch, or assemblies.
 The Netbooks need charging during the day. As
students move through the day, they will be
looking for classrooms where they can leave their
laptops during band, athletics, lunch, assemblies,
etc.
 Make your room available to them and keep your
room locked if you leave your classroom.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #9
If a student’s laptop will not connect to the
Wireless, let them connect to the network using
an Ethernet Cable.
 Ethernet Cables will be provided on your back
tables along with the surge protector. If a
computer needs some work done on it remotely
by the Tech Dept, it is always better to have it
connected via an Ethernet Cable than by
wireless.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #10
If you're planning to use a specific piece of
software with students, give them 1-2 days'
warning to make sure they have time to verify it's
functioning properly.
 Your students don't have admin rights on the
machine, make sure they have access to
necessary software on the current laptop image.
 If you plan to use an online service or software
package in class for the first time, make sure you
test it several days in advance. Do not make your
lack of planning, a Tech Department Emergency.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #11
Make sure your students understand that you
require headphones in your classroom.
 If you decide your lesson will require other
hardware, such as cameras, consider having
students bring their own. Many kids have their
own digital cameras and would be happy to
bring them to school. Send a note home to
parents explaining the need and the
responsibilities of the student.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #12
THE IMPORTANCE OF REFLECTION
 After you try something new, take note of what
went well and what didn't. Revise for the next time
you need to teach the unit and prep in advance. It
will save you time the next year/term. If you feel
students will need extra skill reinforcement, notify
your Tech Apps teacher for assistance in providing
students with those skills.
 USE YOUR BLOG to TEACH. EDIT YOUR BLOG after
each class by reflecting on what went well and
what needed further explanation. Your teaching
will improve each time you edit your Blog.
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #13
Project-based curriculum is well supported by
technology. Project-based curriculum also
supports higher-order thinking, problem-solving,
research & communication skills.
 Support project-based learning by placing your
expectations, evaluation tool (Rubric), and step-bystep instructions on your Blog so that students can
access 24/7.
 Use Outlook Calendar to send Appointments to
student emails to remind them of project due
dates.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #14
Take advantage of Web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis,
GoogleApps, DropBox) for classroom projects and
student collaboration in class and out. Remember
that one of the biggest advantages to technology
use is the ability to extend the learning
environment and expand beyond the boundaries
of your classroom.
 Students who are engaged beyond the classroom
learn more, learn deeper, retain information longer
and are able to apply their learning across multiple
domains.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #15
Remember, we log all student behavior on the
laptops – in school and out. If you think there is
a SERIOUS problem that we should be aware
of, please let us know.
 Do NOT punish the whole class for what one or
a few students try to pull in your class.
 The Tech Department will take care of any
students who violate the AUP or Laptop
Contract.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #16
Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. Your
peers both within and outside your district may
have great ideas to offer about classroom
management and techniques/strategies to use
in the classroom.
 Check out 1:1 teaching Blogs on the Internet.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #17
Allow 2-3 minutes for students to get laptops
up and running and to put them away properly
at the end of class.
 We do not want to see students walking the
halls with their laptops out of the carrying case.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #18
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Printing:
 Currently
we do not have very many printers that
allow students to print using Windows 7 operating
system. Therefore, students will not often be able to
print from their Netbooks.
 Solutions:
 Do
not use hardcopies to grade student work. Instead
use their Blog or a digital copy to grade work
 Have students upload product to their Blog or a shared
network folder and the teacher can print the product
from their teacher XP machine…if they need a hardcopy.
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #19
START CLASS with your Blog posting what will
be required and objectives for the class.
 Post information to let students know
immediately if they will be required to use their
laptops during class. If not, let them charge
laptops as needed.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT #20
Teach the AUP:
http://www.arpisd.org/admin/regula.html
 Teach Internet Safety (InfoSource, Netsafe)
 Teach Copyright Laws:
http://www.copyrightkids.org/
 Go over classroom rules
 Make Posters (or ask me to make you a poster)
on Acceptable Use and Guidelines for your
classroom.
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TROUBLE SHOOTING
When a student first turns on their laptop, it will
take up to 3 minutes to download the profile
 Allow students to turn off computers that are in
“sleep” mode, if you will not be using them in
your class.
 If there are issues—when in doubt – REBOOT!
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RESOURCES
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Irving ISD: Teachers answer questions about common
classroom management strategies:
http://www.irvingisd.net/one2one/classroom_management
/cm_interviews.htm
21st Century Education: Creating a Personal Learning
Network:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o&feature=p
layer_embedded
Laptop Central:
http://www.arpisd.org/VISION2020/LAPTOP_CENTRAL.htm
Textbook Central:
http://www.arpisd.org/VISION2020/TEXTBOOK_CENTRAL.ht
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QUESTIONS
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FAQ READ & POST Questions Here:
http://www.arpisd.org/VISION2020/FAQ.htm

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