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Month: February 2016

21 Classroom Management Tips And Tricks

Doesn’t every teacher dream of an efficient classroom where no problems occur and lessons run smoothly? Yes I know probably not a reality, but I believe there are definitely strategies and processes that you can put in place to assist with the smooth running of your classroom. You’re probably already doing some of these classroom management tips and tricks or you are familiar with them. But, I hope you find some new ideas in this list to help you with your classroom management.

Tip 1: Ensure you have procedures in place for students moving around the room and school. This might mean that you get your students to line up in two lines each time, with line leaders at the front.

Tip 2: Do you have early finishers in your class? If so, then make sure you have a plan in place for these students. You could give early finishers free time or maybe you could buddy them up with another student to assist them with finishing their work. Try different approaches to see what is the least disruptive to the other students still working.

Tip 3: Model desirable behavior, e.g. good organization, respect for others, courtesy, responsibility etc.

Tip 4: Ensure you define the limits of behavior. Children will often behave inappropriately because they do not know what is expected of them. What is obvious to you may not be so to the child.

Tip 5: Use positive language to encourage positive behavior. I’ve put together a poster below that you can have on hand to help you use positive language. Just click on the image to download your copy.

Tip 6: Using signals can be key to a well run classroom. Develop a signal or routine that means ‘quiet please.’ Pausing can also work well as the signal for quiet or silence.

Tip 7: You may need to limit options if you find your students become overstimulated or overwhelmed.

Tip 8: Are you receptive to your students’ ideas? Do you listen attentively and actively? Use paraphrasing to help you understand your students’ thoughts, feelings and concepts.

Tip 9: A sense of humor can go a long way in helping to create a happy, well run classroom. Appreciate the jokes and funny stories your students tell you.

Tip 10: Implementing class meetings are a great way to improve communication and cohesiveness of a class. These are a great way to resolve any problems, plan fun activities and improve communication skills.

Tip 11: The first 5 minutes of a lesson really counts; and it usually sets the tone for how the rest of the lesson will go. Do you use a variety of teaching strategies to entice your students in the first few minutes of the lesson?

Tip 12: Remember to be confident and enthusiastic and use your voice clearly to explain concepts and keep students on track during a lesson.

Tip 13: Gain the full attention of the class before you give instructions.

Tip 14: Teach social skills to help your students interact with others, increase self esteem and be accepting of other students’ differences. Select one social skill to focus on for the month and take note of when you see students practicing the skill. Remember to give positive verbal feedback to the students when you observe the skill.

Tip 15: Check that your students understand a task before allowing them to begin the task. Ask your students to repeat directions for procedures or list the main points of your instruction.

Tip 16: When demonstrating a task to students prepare all equipment ahead of time. Arrange the class so that all students can see and maintain student attention throughout the demonstration. Write important points from the demonstration on the board as you go as it can assist with review. Allow your students to practice what was demonstrated.

Tip 17: Use good oral communication that is: audible, clear and varied (not in monotones). Use language that your students understand.

Tip 18: Remember your body language can set the tone for a lesson as well. Check your: facial expression, movements, gestures, mannerisms and eye contact.

Tip 19: Use a variety of questions to engage your students, check for understanding and extend their thinking. Remember to allow time for students to think and answer the question. Recognize the value of student answers.

Tip 20: Check that your students carry out your directions. Comment on the way the directions are carried out and praise if necessary.

Tip 21: Self-evaluate for self-improvement.

7 Simple Lead Management Tips

If we know one thing about lead management, it’s that it’s not easy. What works for one company isn’t always the right approach for another. When it comes to generating new business and managing the sales process, every company needs a defined lead management process that will get sales the leads they want and marketing the recognition they deserve.

But that’s a lot easier said than done, isn’t it? With the interests of multiple departments at stake, it can be hard to come up with a set process that will satisfy all parties. Fortunately, we’ve got your back. Sometimes, all you need is a little push in the right direction to get you started.

Here are our 7 simple tips for fail-proof lead management:

1. Know your buyer profile.
Sales and marketing need to be on the same page. Are you selling to B2B or B2C? Small companies or enterprise? What’s their annual revenue look like? What about the length of their sales cycle? Are you selling to a CEO, marketing director, or other decision maker? Set up a profile that both departments can reference so that the definition of a “good lead” always matches up.

2. Score and grade leads.
Once you know your buyer profile, it should be easier to set and weigh criteria that will tell you whether or not a lead is a good fit. Instead of manually sifting through lead data, use a system like marketing automation to do this kind of thing for you. With scoring and grading rules in place, you can assure that leads are getting passed from marketing to sales exactly when you want them to be.

3. Define the difference between interest and intent.
Are leads looking at white papers and webinars, or are they browsing more action-oriented items like buyer’s guides and pricing information? If they’re just poking around on your site, they’re showing interest. But if they’re showing more initiative, like signing up for product demonstrations and viewing pricing information, that indicates intent. These are going to be your hotter leads. Make sure your sales and marketing teams understand the difference between these two behaviors by having a clear definition of what actions matter the most.

4. Collect (the right) information from leads.
An important part of lead management is creating forms and landing pages to collect lead information. Have sales and marketing agree on what information is the most critical to collect, whether it’s job title, industry, or location. Depending on how you qualify and assign leads, certain criteria will be more important than others. Include these fields on your forms, keeping in mind that the longer your forms, the lower your conversion rates.

5. Nurture leads who aren’t quite sales-ready.
Lead nurturing, or the building of relationships with leads through tactics like drip campaigns (emails that drip content to leads over time), is an important part of lead management. During the sales process, you’ll often encounter leads who aren’t ready to buy, and won’t be ready for several months. Instead of giving up on them, you can place them on lead nurturing tracks to keep your company’s product or service top of mind.

6. Develop content to support lead nurturing efforts.
When it comes to lead nurturing, many companies find themselves unprepared from a content perspective. To send drip emails that are both effective and relevant, you need to have an existing store of content that you can pull from. Take the time to build up this content before deploying any of your lead nurturing campaigns.

7. Track and report.
Take advantage of any reporting functionalities you have at your fingertips to constantly track and measure your lead management efforts. For example, marketing automation allows you to report on drip campaigns and see how many prospects were converted to opportunities or closed deals. Taking a look at your metrics gives you great insight into what you’re doing well, while also helping to identify points of improvement.

6 time management tips for college students

TIP 1: Read your course calendar
Sometimes the best advice is among the simplest: One of the first and most important steps in achieving successful time management in college is to read your course calendars carefully.

“[A course calendar] is your best friend,” says Matthew Schlager. If you know the due dates for specific assignments and the time frames for quizzes, papers and exams, you’ll be able to spread out the necessary school work. “My motto is, ‘Due on Sunday doesn’t mean do on Sunday,’ ” Schlager adds.

TIP 2: Plan ahead
Kristin Jones’ advice serves as a great companion to Schlager’s: Jones urges the importance of planning ahead. “I would look ahead into each week to see what assignments were due,” she says. She’d then plan out her week so that she was doing something for the class every day, alleviating the intensity of the workload. “It’s very hard to catch up once you get behind,” she says.

Whether you get a good grasp on your coursework for the entire semester, or simply for the next week, creating a plan will balance your workload and minimize the possibility for those dreaded, but sometimes necessary, all-night cram sessions.

TIP 3: Make schedules
It can be easy to procrastinate in college—there is an unintentional consistency of letting the clutter of late work nights, dinner plans and school plays postpone your schoolwork. This often results in completing assignments in the wee hours before they’re due.

Frank Ortiz suggests the effectiveness of taking charge and giving yourself some guidelines. “Make schedules. Print the weekly assignment sheets and check them off as you [complete] them,” he says.

Billy Moore agrees: “Stay dedicated to the time that you set aside for your school work,” adding that it’s often helpful to schedule a bit of extra time in that window for unexpected questions or technical issues you may come across.

TIP 4: Make checklists
Printing or writing out checklists for each class or each day of the week can be a helpful way of remembering everything you need to get done. “You can check [each item] off after you’re done with it,” says Ashley Esquibel, who uses this method with her school work.

Charisse Nicole keeps a virtual notepad open on her computer with each week’s checklist. “I leave my notepad up all week and check things off as I go along,” she says. This not only helps her see how much she has left to do, but it also allows her to appreciate each little accomplishment along the way.

TIP 5: Stay organized
Keeping your school work organized can be a huge factor in saving you some time throughout the week, especially if you’re taking more than one class at a time. If you have separate binders, notebooks and folders for each class, you’ll quickly be able to find that sheet of notes you need for next week’s test or the printed article you planned to reference for your big research paper.

Avoiding clutter isn’t just important when organizing your notes and hand-outs. Be sure to keep your computer desktop organized in a way that always allows you to locate the files you’ll need for each particular class.

TIP 6: Be healthy
This may seem like the kind of advice you heard from your mother and now pass down to your own kids in the form of warm socks in the winter, sunscreen in the summer and daily vitamins year-round, but it can actually play a huge role in successfully managing your time while in college.

Practicing regular exercise can keep your energy levels up, resulting in a more engaged mind when doing school work. Many also assert that getting adequate sleep at night can save college students time—this not only helps you avoid the time taken for afternoon naps, but it also can increase your alertness and decrease your stress levels.

10 Stress Management Tips from the Experts

Stress is a fact of life, but being stressed out is not. We don’t always have control over what happens to us, says Allen Elkin, Ph.D., director of the Stress Management Counseling Center in New York City, and yet, that doesn’t mean we have to react to a difficult, challenging situation by becoming frazzled or feeling overwhelmed or distraught. Being overly anxious is not just a mental hazard; it’s a physical one too. The more stressed out we are the more vulnerable we are to colds, flu, and a host of chronic or life-threatening illnesses. And the less open we are to the beauty and pleasure of life. For your emotional and bodily benefit, we’ve consulted experts and come up with 37 easy, natural alternatives to anxiety.

1. Breathe Easily
“Breathing from your diaphragm oxygenates your blood, which helps you relax almost instantly,” says Robert Cooper, Ph.D., the San Francisco coauthor of The Power of 5 (Rodale Press, 1996), a book of five-second and five-minute health tips. Shallow chest breathing, by contrast, can cause your heart to beat faster and your muscles to tense up, exacerbating feelings of stress. To breathe deeply, begin by putting your hand on your abdomen just below the navel. Inhale slowly through your nose and watch your hand move out as your belly expands. Hold the breath for a few seconds, then exhale slowly. Repeat several times.

2. Visualize Calm
It sounds New Age-y, but at least one study, done at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, has found that it’s highly effective in reducing stress. Dr. Cooper recommends imagining you’re in a hot shower and a wave of relaxation is washing your stress down the drain. Gerald Epstein, M.D., the New York City author of Healing Visualizations (Bantam Doubleday Dell Press, 1989), suggests the following routine: Close your eyes, take three long, slow breaths, and spend a few seconds picturing a relaxing scene, such as walking in a meadow, kneeling by a brook, or lying on the beach. Focus on the details—the sights, the sounds, the smells.

3. Make Time for a Mini Self-Massage
Maria Hernandez-Reif, Ph.D., of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, recommends simply massaging the palm of one hand by making a circular motion with the thumb of the other. Or use a massage gadget. The SelfCare catalog offers several, such as the S-shaped Tamm unit, that allow you to massage hard-to-reach spots on your back.

4. Try a Tonic
A study at Duke University in Durham, NC, found homeopathy effective in quelling anxiety disorders. Look for stress formulas such as Nerve Tonic (from Hyland) or Sedalia (from Boiron) in your health food store, or consult a licensed homeopath.

5. Say Cheese
Smiling is a two-way mechanism. We do it when we’re relaxed and happy, but doing it can also make us feel relaxed and happy. “Smiling transmits nerve impulses from the facial muscles to the limbic system, a key emotional center in the brain, tilting the neurochemical balance toward calm,” Dr. Cooper explains. Go ahead and grin. Don’t you feel better already?

6. Do Some Math
Using a scale of one to 10, with one being the equivalent of a minor hassle and 10 being a true catastrophe, assign a number to whatever it is that’s making you feel anxious. “You’ll find that most problems we encounter rate somewhere in the two to five range—in other words, they’re really not such a big deal,” says Dr. Elkin.

7. Stop Gritting Your Teeth
Stress tends to settle in certain parts of our bodies, the jaw being one of them. When things get hectic, try this tip from Dr. Cooper: Place your index fingertips on your jaw joints, just in front of your ears; clench your teeth and inhale deeply. Hold the breath for a moment, and as you exhale say, “Ah-h-h-h,” then unclench your teeth. Repeat a few times.

8. Compose a Mantra
Devise an affirmation — a short, clear, positive statement that focuses on your coping abilities. “Affirmations are a good way to silence the self-critical voice we all carry with us that only adds to our stress,” Dr. Elkin says. The next time you feel as if your life is one disaster after another, repeat 10 times, “I feel calm. I can handle this.”

9. Check Your Chi
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is a 5,000-year-old Chinese practice designed to promote the flow of chi, the vital life force that flows throughout the body, regulating its functions. Qigong master Ching-Tse Lee, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Brooklyn College in New York, recommends this calming exercise: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and parallel. Bend your knees to a quarter-squat position (about 45 degrees) while keeping your upper body straight. Observe your breathing for a couple of breaths. Inhale and bring your arms slowly up in front of you to shoulder height with your elbows slightly bent. Exhale, stretching your arms straight out. Inhale again, bend your elbows slightly and drop your arms down slowly until your thumbs touch the sides of your legs. Exhale one more time, then stand up straight.

10. Be a Fighter
“At the first sign of stress, you often hear people complain, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’” says Dr. Cooper. The trouble is, feeling like a victim only increases feelings of stress and helplessness. Instead, focus on being proactive. If your flight gets canceled, don’t wallow in self-pity. Find another one. If your office is too hot or too cold, don’t suffer in silence. Call the building manager and ask what can be done to make things more comfortable.