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I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about teaching difficulties in the classroom? I don't know if I am loosing my grip or if the students are becoming more difficult, but I am really having trouble keeping control and getting the content across. Any suggestions? Chris Heath
I definitely agree, students are very different from 10 - 15 years ago, we are now teaching the WWW generation. That stands for whatever, whenever, wherever, the students have digital sensory input at their fingertips - the internet, facebook, youtube, everything comes in bite size chucks of sensory stimulation. This is shaping their brains - their connections are quite different from students of the past... no worse, not better, just different. We need to to cater for the modes that these students learn with, use the tools of the internet - show them youtubes, use web 2.0 apps like bubbl.us, tag galaxy. Teach through narrative, tell them stories, students relate to personal stories that pertain to concepts you are teaching. As Linda suggested flash cards, take a look at quizlet. Feel free to visit my blog where I have blogged about tools I have used or found.
Personally i think the easiest best tool ever for getting concepts across is youtube... don't talk about it - show them! If it is blocked then download them.
I'm not sure how old your students are, and obviously that has a large effect on how you would implement a classroom management system, but I'll give you a first grade teacher's perspective.
Simply put, I would say that there are 3, basic ingredients to a "healthy" classroom:
I outline what I do in much greater detail at http://www.educatedexchange.com/topic/12/Dealing-with-Difficult-Beh.... I hope it's helpful for you. Good luck!