[nobe-l] Classroom management
mikaelastevens at gmail.com
Fri Jul 14 23:52:12 UTC 2017
I will be teaching in a Montessori school.
This idea of intrinsic motivation is an interesting philosophical
discussion. Heather has done a great job introducing it. In America, we are
typically not used to teaching this way. However, children do better when
they believe they are doing well instead of being rewarded with praise,
compliments, or objects. This comes from within each child. It is more
difficult for teachers and parents, but creates amazing results of
self-confidence for children, which will serve them for their entire lives.
Removing phrases such as “good job” from our vocabulary may be one of the
most difficult things we do as teachers. It is well worth it though.
Here is an example: if a student has completed a project and shows it to a
teacher, the teacher might say something like, “oh, I see you researched
Spanish culture. What did you learn about the people?” After the student
responds, the teacher could follow-up with other questions about the
project, like “why did you decide to paste this picture here?” or “what did
you write about the way Spanish people dress?” From this conversation,
children feel from within themselves they did worthwhile work. Does this
principle make sense? It takes practice.
Some of the ideas you mentioned are great, if used regardless of behavior.
For example, the teacher could have lunch with children because she cares
about them, even when they act out. Unconditional love helps children
Do you have any more questions? If it is better, I would be happy to call
you sometimes. This is easier to explain in person.
On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 7:35 AM, Tara Abella via NOBE-L <nobe-l at nfbnet.org>
> I will definitely look into that book. Thank you for the suggestion. What
> management system will you be using and what will you be teaching? I also
> was wondering why you recommended not to make the system rewards based. I
> was planning to have the students earn classroom passes for things like
> bringing a stuffed animal to class, stinky feet, lunch with the teacher,
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Jul 13, 2017, at 10:34 PM, Mikaela Stevens via NOBE-L <
> nobe-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> > Dear Tara:
> > This is also my first year teaching, but I have a few ideas which might
> > help you.
> > As far as classroom management, you should read the book entitled
> > Discipline in the Classroom. It will give you great ideas to teach
> > and allow them to participate.
> > I like the money management project, if it is not rewards based. You
> > fold the money instead of labeling it.
> > Please let me know if you have any further questions.
> > Best regards,
> > Mikaela
> > On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 6:20 PM, Tara Abella via NOBE-L <
> nobe-l at nfbnet.org>
> > wrote:
> >> Hello all,
> >> I was wondering what classroom management system has worked best for
> >> everyone. My students will be in third grade and will be blind and
> >> impaired. I thought about doing a classroom economy in order to work on
> >> money management, but the idea of brailling and labeling so many pieces
> >> fake money is unrealistic, considering the amount of things I will have
> >> do to prepare for my first year teaching. I've also been exploring class
> >> dojo, which seems fairly accessible and has the added bonus of being
> >> to be accessed by parents. Any suggestions for what other teachers have
> >> used would be very helpful.
> >> Thank you,
> >> Tara
> >> Sent from my iPhone
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