The Secret to Classroom Management is Fun Friday

Managing the day-to-day challenges, curriculum, and discipline of today’s classroom can be a monumental task. Simply put, it’s hard to get your kids to do what you want them to do.

But there is one almost sure-fire way for teachers to institute discipline, get kids to turn in homework, and get kids to listen: Start up Fun Friday!

Todau on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox discusses instituting Fun Friday, which is “a day that is designated for fun, playing fair, and having a good time. It can last the whole day, a few hours, or as little as 20 minutes. It’s a time for students to take a break from all of the academia and learn through play. It can be done with a few teachers or only one teacher.”

Janelle also looks at how Fun Friday works, why it works, and how you can convince your school administrators to approve of a Fun Friday sceme.

In summation, Janelle says: “After a few weeks of implementing Fun Friday into your weekly schedule, you will be amazed how many students will their tails off in order to participate in it. It is such a great motivator for children, and all of those missing homework assignments and wasted time disciplining students will soon be few and far between.”

Do you implement a Fun Friday into your weekly schedule? If not, what do you do to help your classroom management?

Educational Apps: 4 for Keeping Parents in the Loop

Parent-teacher communication has never been as vital – or as easy to maintain – as it is today.

E-mail, blogs, cell phones and the like have all made it that much easier to stay on top of getting the message out to moms and dads – and now a round of apps has made it even more of a snap to keep them in the loop.

Today we review four new apps designed to help you maintain an information pipeline going home to your kids’ parents.

Use our educational apps to ensure that your kids’ parents are up-to-date on everything that’s going on in your classroom >>