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Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers #4, Boring Teachers Create Trouble For Themselves, Help

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NOTE: This is a repost of a video from my Classroom Management series for secondary teachers. I switched out one example, but everything else is the same. Apparently, you can't make edits here to existing video; YouTube requires a fresh upload of the updated file. Thanks for watching! More material for secondary teachers: http://www.laurarandazzo.com “The Rules of the Game” materials: http://bit.ly/1PjLTyP Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God materials: http://bit.ly/1QUh4kT Modern Witch Hunt materials for The Crucible: http://bit.ly/20JJwOh Part 2 of this conversation is now available here: https://youtu.be/m9IWSWG2BIg Tips and tricks from an experienced high school teacher to help you regain control of your classroom. Follow these guidelines and you’ll soon have your teens settled in and ready to learn. Lots of ideas for high school and middle school teachers. Music: “EDM Detection Mode” by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-... Artist: http://incompetech.com/
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K.S. Harsch (1 month ago)
I love your videos and your energy! I love the way you teach Puritan Lit! Could I please take 9th grade lit over again?
JM TeachN (3 months ago)
Thank you so much for this. I teach Geography but just to hear you say that in your first year you were making less than great lessons. I'm 6 weeks into my first year and just thinking Noooooo I dont know what I am doing.. Do you know of any similar channels but for Geography?
Laura Randazzo (3 months ago)
Stay strong, JM. I don't know of any geography teachers on YouTube (there has to SOMEONE here, right?), but you can't go wrong with Crash Course for content ideas: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCONtPx56PSebXJOxbFv-2jQ Hope this helps!
themrscj (5 months ago)
Haha chuckle-heads. That's exactly what kids become sometimes.
Laura Randazzo (5 months ago)
For sure, themrscj. For. Sure. :)
xyhanx (6 months ago)
Hi Laura! Do you also teach Greek Mythology?
xyhanx (6 months ago)
Laura Randazzo Yes! It suits you! Usually, the Masterclass commercial will play whenever I click you video. How fitting, huh? :) Just want to share, I received good feedback from my students but there was one who suggested that I should put more FUN in my teaching. That made me reflect on how I handled my class. Asking myself "AM I BORING?" was humbling. Because I loved Shakespeare, Milton, Poe, I had the rigor to explain everything instead of letting them figure it out themselves. I learned my lesson for sure.
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Aw, thanks, xyhanx. A virtual mentor? Gotta admit I sort of like that title. :) You are the reason why I keep filming, even though I'm incredibly awkward at it. I just really, really want our newest teaching colleagues to find their footing more quickly than I did. The fact that you're watching teaching videos on summer vacation speaks volumes. I'm sure you'll be set to have a great year! :)
xyhanx (6 months ago)
Laura Randazzo Thank you, Laura. I really am planning to purchase references from your shop soon. I have been binge-watching your videos recently. I'm a new English teacher and you are like my virtual mentor! I pray for the growth of your channel. :)
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Indeed, I do, xyhanx! You can check out my materials here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/GREEK-MYTHOLOGY-Unit-Plan-for-Teens-Five-Week-Myth-Unit-Multimedia-CCSS-614377 And if you're not in a position to purchase anything right now, I still have a free lesson that's always a hit with my classes that you also might find useful: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Heros-Journey-From-Ancient-Greece-to-Todays-Favorite-Films-FREE-lecture-467634 Hope this is helpful! :)
Treasures of Glory (6 months ago)
I totally love your videos. I teach 7th grade writing, but I still watch to get motivated. Could you please help me make writing interesting?
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Thanks so much, Treasures of Glory! Great – and huge! – question. I have a lot to say on this topic (maybe a whole video on this in the future?), but I think a lot of the battle is won by giving interesting assignments. If our writers care about the topic and are writing for a real audience (someone beyond their exhausted English teacher), they'll care more about their work and do a better job. Bored writers create boring essays that bore teachers. Instead, give them topics/assignments that they find interesting and the end result will be a lot more...well, interesting. I'm also always a fan of giving kids a menu of options whenever possible. See, now you've got me thinking about writing ideas... Keep watching. I'm sure I'll circle around to this topic. Thanks for reaching out! :)
Nancy Metzger (6 months ago)
I've never subscribed to anything before, but I'm pretty sure that I'm officially addicted now! I LOVE your energy, style, and practicality!
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Nancy Metzger Aw, Nancy...you just made my day! Thanks for this sweet note. So glad you found my channel and subscribed. You’re cool like that. ;)
Toby Ely (6 months ago)
Love your Videos!, Did you by chance already post this video before?
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Toby Ely No! Don’t be sorry. I’m flattered that anyone out there’s even watching. :)
Toby Ely (6 months ago)
Sorry, Your videos are just soo addicting! that's why I noticed it lol. Happy Summer ! :-)
Laura Randazzo (6 months ago)
Toby Ely Yeah, Toby, sorry for any confusion. I needed to update one of the examples, but YouTube won’t let me replace an existing file. Instead, I was forced to delete the original and post the replacement as a fresh file. This one’s from two years ago. Happily, I also added a brand-new video today about student teaching. Stick with me! I’m learning as I go. :)

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