Classroom Management in a Learner-Centered Classroom (Part III)

In Part I of this series, I laid out my philosophy of the role of classroom management in a learner-centered classroom.

In Part II, I discussed a strategy for setting expectations in a way that I think empowers learners and allows them to take ownership of the classroom and its culture.

In this final part, I want to share some thoughts on what to do when learners don’t meet those expectations. First, though, I want to share an idea I keep coming back to:

The more time we spend planning engaging lessons, the less time we have to spend planning classroom management. Continue reading

Classroom Management in a Learner-Centered Classroom (Part II)

A few days ago I wrote about my general philosophy of classroom management in a learner-centered classroom.

For the tl;dr crowd, it was about reexamining our classroom expectations, eliminating the unnecessary ones that limit learner autonomy, and then clearly defining the expectations that matter the same way you would in any classroom.

Today I want to elaborate on expectation-setting, but before I do that, a story! Continue reading

AMLE 2017 Round Up!

A few weeks ago, I was able to go  to the 2017 AMLE Conference in Philadelphia (along with our entire middle school staff – how cool is that??). I learned A LOT. It was inspiring, thought-provoking, and overwhelming in terms of the amount of information I was processing. After taking some time to digest, here are my favorite takeaways and the next steps I developed from the sessions I attended: Continue reading

#SummerGoals

I’m always comparing school and sports, and the school year is a very long, sometimes grueling season. There are things I think of doing during the school year that I know won’t get done until the summer, when the offseason starts and I have a chance to rest, recuperate, and focus on getting better for next year. I have three things in particular I want to accomplish that are getting me excited for the summer: Continue reading

A Cringeworthy Memory…and What I’ve Learned Since

The past two weekends I’ve been at college graduations, one for my brother and one for my girlfriend’s sister. (Congrats Jake and Kirst!) Sitting in those unceremoniously long ceremonies, I started to think about my own mindset shortly after I graduated…

What Am I Doing With My Life?

The year was 2012, and I was just starting to seriously consider my future career. Through a network of connections, I was put in touch with the Superintendent of a local district who was gracious enough to talk to a recent grad he didn’t know about education. I knew I was interested in the field, and being a teacher had been rolling around in my head since I was in high school, but in that hazy and overwhelming period of time shortly after graduating college, I needed some guidance.  I emailed the Superintendent introducing myself, after which I asked him the question that still makes me cringe: Continue reading