Managing the Modern Classroom

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Strategies to Manage the Modern Classroom
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Circulate: Constantly remind students you are there and know what they're doing
Capture: Have a system which results in students sharing their work
When students share, capture it by recording what they say and snapping a photo of their screen. 
Walk or dance around the room. 
Throw in a joke or two. Stop at a student's desk and ask probing questions.
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Consequences: Have consequences for time off task
Compromise: Give students opportunity for time off if deadlines are met
Impose a five minute penalty where they can’t use their device, but instead look on and watch what a classmate is doing. 
Allow those who finish early to do an activity of their choice.
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Create: Have something that students will share during class
Clock: Project a clock for students to check periodically
Students will learn from and be inspired by one another. Accountability is authentic.
Indicate to students where they should be and at what time.
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Collect: Collect responses from students
Call out: Either by walking around or looking at management software
Collecting response from students ensures they have a deliverable and helps them stay on track. Do this mid lesson or as an exit slip. 
Catch students being awesome and share their genius with the class.
Choice: Give students agency and ownership in their work
Circle Up: At the start of class, invite students to circle up
Giving students lots of choices, aligned to their talents, interests, abilities, and learning styles helps keep them on task.
Students can circle up or gather on a rug for a mini-lesson.  Once all students know what to do, you can send them off to work.
Check ins: Check in with students to see where they are and what they've learned
Classroom setup: Set up your classroom to see students who may need guidance or support
This could be conferring with a student at their desk, a poll in Google Classroom, a response in Kahoot, or a reflection on Google Sheets.
Situate students so you can see all the screens i.e. students sit along the outside perimeter of the room. Place mirrors in key places around the room.
Teachers can use classroom management software to manage student devices. They can monitor, lock screens, show messages, and more.  Here are some commonly used platforms.
Classroom Management
Apple Classroom
Teachers use community building software to reward students for positive behavior, helping their peers, etc.  Teachers often have this projected on the screen during class.
Classroom Community
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(secondary grades)
Written by Lisa Nielsen
  Designed by Eileen Lennon
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Teachers use learning management systems to help ensure students are on track. The teacher can enter the system to see where students are and provide feedback. The students get instructions directly from the system so they know what they are supposed to do.
Learning Management Systems
Edmodo          Google Classroom             Nearpod            Schoology            eChalk