Marla Kersey

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Bring Joy Back Into the Classroom

Commentary<p>I teach to entertain myself. For the past 20 years, I have shared this key to quality instruction with elementary through college …

7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

Our students <i>know</i> how we feel about them. If we don't like them -- or if we see them as a behavior problem -- they know it. Even if we don't say it, …

Teaching

How Student Centered Is Your Classroom?

• In what ways do students feel respected, feel valued, and feel part of the whole group?<br>• In what ways do students have ownership of the classroom? Do …

Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher

While schools (hopefully) work to update themselves and the way students learn within them, many parents have to work with what's available to them. …

13 Common Sayings to Avoid

I've narrowed my list to 13 representative items. Some of these are related to control issues, others to motivation, and still more to management. …

6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

Share One Word<p>Ask students to share one word about how they are feeling that day. It can be in general, about a new project, or about something that …

3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers

"Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her." - Urie Bronfenbrenner<p>I asked the university for a course release, …