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Do you ever have a difficult time getting your students to pay attention during your lessons? I think every teacher probably does, right? Well, today’s classroom management hack is going to help!
All you do is choose a magic word of the week. You’ll write that word down on the board first thing in the morning.
Then you announce the magic word to your class. It can be anything - superstar, unicorn, popcorn, or magnificent. Whatever word you want. However, it should be a word that wouldn't typically be used throughout the day. You can get really creative with this!
You’ll throw this magic word in anytime that you want to check that your students are listening and paying attention. It could be when you're giving directions, announcing something important, or even just right in the middle of the lesson.
When you say the magic word, the first student to raise their hand gets a dojo point or any kind of small reward you want to give.
Your kids will absolutely love this hack, and it will help to keep your kiddos paying attention anytime you’re speaking!
Don’t forget to take my super simple free 4-question quiz to receive a customized roadmap of the next 5 steps to take in your teaching journey.
I've realized, as I've started recording these hacks for you each week, that I can make it even easier for you to implement many of these ideas if you have access to simple, downloadable templates for many of the hacks.
So when you check out my Dr. Lori's Dollar Store, you're going to see that I'm creating very simple templates for you to grab and go with for only a dollar each. Then you can implement these hacks quickly and easily inside your classroom (as soon as tomorrow!).
I would love to know what you think about these classroom management hack mini episodes. It would mean so much to me if you would take a screenshot of this episode and tag me on Instagram @beginningteachertalk because I’d love to know – have you tried this hack in your classroom? How did it work for you?
Finally, if you need help with streamlining your classroom management right away, you also might want to check out my Chaos to Confidence Classroom Management System because classroom management isn’t just about tips and tricks or the latest trend. Instead, it’s about learning from someone who’s been where you are and figured it out.
I tested all my methods on MYSELF in my own classroom first over 10 years – because I’m not about to recommend ANYTHING that I haven’t personally seen work with kids firsthand.
It's never too late to make the changes you need to in order to get your classroom running the way that you want it to, and I'll show you how inside Chaos to Confidence and give you the resources you’ll need to make it happen.
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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