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38. Smart Classroom Management Hacks with Dr. Lori Friesen
30th September 2022 • Wife Teacher Mommy: The Podcast • Kelsey Sorenson, Teacher, Homeschool Mom, and Substitute
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If you’re like me, you think the same thing at the beginning of every single school year: I’m going to rock my classroom management this year! And while you might start with good intentions, it never seems to go the way you thought it would. If this sounds like you, or you just need to tweak a few management techniques in your classroom, this episode is for you! On today’s episode, Dr. Lori Friesen is sharing her top smart classroom management hacks.

Dr. Lori Friesen taught for 10 years in Canada and overseas in Hong Kong and Japan before completing her PhD in Elementary Education with a specialization in Language and Literacy. She taught pre-service teachers at the University of Lethbridge and published The Beginning Teacher’s Handbook for Elementary School as the culminating project for her M.Ed. Dr. Lori completed her PhD at the University of Alberta and has been inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society in recognition of her outstanding academic achievement and excellence. Dr. Lori’s work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including The International Journal of Learning and Childhood Educational International as well as the popular online Edutopia. Host of the popular Beginning Teacher Talk podcast with more than a quarter of a million downloads and creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy with 1,600+ students, Dr. Lori is dedicated to supporting and inspiring educators around the world.

Even though you might be a month or so into the new school year, you might be noticing some gaps in your management. Throughout the episode, Dr. Lori shares seven smart classroom management hacks that will keep your students engaged, listening, and following directions with such ease. 

With Dr. Lori’s explanation of each classroom management hack, you’ll find that each hack is simple, yet effective, and can be implemented and adapted for any grade level. A key to that? Making them a game or competition that can include problem solving for more interaction and keeps students engaged. That’s the whole point, right? 

Whether you’re a novice or veteran teacher, having effective classroom management can be a struggle. It’s an aspect of teaching that needs to be changed and tweaked throughout the year, until you find the right strategy for your classroom and students. Dr. Lori’s mission is to be the mentor to beginning teachers that she didn’t have starting out, which is exactly what she’s doing with these smart classroom management hacks she shares on the podcast today. 

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