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Hi Teachers! I'm a full-time Specials teacher for about two years now and I'm wondering if you can give me some advice on how to manage big class size. Most of my students are in ESL and others have zero English. It's been really frustrating to let them understand my instructions and topics. Their TA is helping me by translating my instructions to their native tongue and yet there are still those who are very stubborn and very defiant. I have seen some homeroom teachers do CLIP CHARTS. They can give heavy consequences for misbehavior. But as a Specials teacher, I can't give heavy consequences like no playtime or no swimming class, etc. I teach all levels of preschool and it's really hard to keep track and make clip charts for them. Any advice on how I can manage this? Thank you!
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flacka The whole school, which is a Title 1 elementary school, did PBIS and the behavior expectations spanned the whole day - from waiting for the bus in the morning until returning home after school. Every person who came into contact with the students was on the same page as far as expectations and consequences. The students got "tickets" when they did ...See More
Sep 23, 2017
avidreader89 There is no better management system than really really really interactive lessons! This is the most exciting period in human history. It is painful, and it takes more effort than is humanly possible sometimes, but it is true.
May 7, 2018
Nicole/MO Becky Baily's "Conscious Discipline" program, along with PBIS, are two of the best approaches to classroom management for young children. It is not a quick fix and it takes continuous practice and professional development before you feel like it is second nature. Conscious Discipline embodies more than a program; it is a philosophy of how young chi...See More
Jun 19, 2018
Nicole/MO Also, you may want to use Social Stories to teach appropriate classroom behavior. I would start out with "Tucker Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think." It is a great scripted set of stories that connect with young children. Just google the title and let me know if you need the direct links. The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Earl...See More
Jun 19, 2018
Stephenteacher For kindergarten teachers, here is a wealth of good advice
Nov 18, 2018

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