About Tierraney Richardson

Tierraney Richardson (Houston ’13) is a Houston-based content creator. Her faith drives her work and fuels her passion for serving others, especially new teachers struggling with classroom management. Tierraney blogs weekly at MissTierraney.com.

How to Teach Respect in the Classroom

How to Teach Respect in the Classroom

One of the rules in my third grade classroom is respect your school, classmates, and others. When I introduce this concept in the beginning of the school year, I do not simply state the rule and then expect my students to follow through automatically. There is work between introducing the rule of respect in my classroom and actually seeing students demonstrate that respect.

When it comes to classroom management, I always say never assume. Never assume that your students know what you mean when you say, “show respect.” You must always be clear and specific.

By |April 3rd, 2017|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on How to Teach Respect in the Classroom|

How to Keep Students On-Task While Using Workstations

Workstations or centers—however you refer to them, they can provide students with an engaging way to learn independently. However, when we release some students to stations and begin to pull other students to work with us in small groups, we sometimes find that our students at stations lose focus. At some point, every child needs a reminder to remain on-task, and you can address this with behavior narration and by designating a station manager from among your students.

By |August 15th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on How to Keep Students On-Task While Using Workstations|

How to Use Behavior Narration in the Classroom

How to Use Behavior Narration in the Classroom

Behavior narration has always been one of my favorite classroom management strategies because it positively points out those students who are meeting expectations, instead of leaning towards our reflex to call out the students who are not meeting the expectations.

When I first started teaching, I applied behavior narration to my 3rd grade math classroom. I would first give clear and specific instructions and follow up with behavior narration. Without fail, it worked flawlessly.

In the video below I show you how use behavior narration to get 100% of your students on task and follow your instructions the first time.

How to Give Clear Instructions in the Classroom

How to give clear and specific instructions in the classroom

Have you ever found yourself repeating instructions to your students over and over and over again? It’s tempting to get frustrated , and you may even find yourself handing out consequences like candy on Halloween, but it’s not necessarily the students’ fault. We’re responsible as teachers for giving clear and specific instructions and checking students’ understanding.

In the video below, I share my best tips on how to get 100% of your students to follow your instructions correctly the first time.

By |March 7th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on How to Give Clear Instructions in the Classroom|

Top Tips for Establishing Procedures and Routines in the Classroom

Top Tips for Establishing Procedures and Routines in the Classroom

Do you often feel like you have too much to do and not enough time to do it?  This is definitely how I felt many times during my first year in the classroom. I taught two different classes and three subjects: math, science, and social studies. With surprise district tests, ARD meetings, multiple announcements over the intercom, assemblies, and random fire drills, I needed more interrupted time with my kids and in my classroom.

By |February 25th, 2016|General Pop, Teaching Tips|Comments Off on Top Tips for Establishing Procedures and Routines in the Classroom|