Are You Controlling the Chaos in Your Classroom?

Control the Chaos

Welcome to “Ask the Tech Coach,” a podcast for Instructional Coaches and Technology Integration Specialists.

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff sits down with Instructional Coaches and authors Stephanie Howell and Tara Ruckman to discuss their new book “Control the Chaos.”

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This week’s question is:

Question Topic: How can Instructional Coaches help teachers in building executive functioning skills in their students?

Weekly Topic

  • Should Coaches be Controlling the Chaos in Classrooms?
  • What should or shouldn’t Chaos look like?
  • What should a “great classroom experience” look like?
    • In K-5
      • Flexible Grouping
      • Fluid Rotation
      • Increased Attention
      • Engaged Students
      • Students having an increased level of confidence and motivation for learning
      • NOT Lecturing
      • NOT just putting learning intentions on the board
    • Middle School
      • Faster transition between classroom activities
      • Less “broken down” of instructions
    • High School
      • Conversations are geared towards student motivations and interests
  • How do we teach executive functioning skills in a digital classroom?
  • Keeping Blended Learning in the Student-Centered Classroom
  • Why should Teachers & Coaches be worried about Time Management?
    • How do we control the clock?
    • Strategies for Success
      • Flexible Paced Learning
      • Progressive Tasks
      • Digital Resources
      • Check-ins
      • Ongoing Assessments
      • Collaborative Learning
  • Let's talk about executive functioning and blended learning and how you need to have the to for a great classroom experience.
  • Executive Functioning Skills The impact on the classroom

About the Book: Control the Chaos

About our Guests

Stephanie Howell

Stephanie is the CEO of Gold EDU, a founder of Global GEG, and the EdTech Lead for Pickerington Local Schools. She is key to the embedding and implementation of EdTech tools across her schools and organizations. She has a masters in Curriculum and Instruction and is an adjunct professor for Ashland University.

She enjoys creating resources to support the needs of teachers and students that increases engagement and levels up tier 1 instruction. She builds relationships with co-planning and co-teaching. She loves sharing her resources and connecting with educators across the world via social media and professional learning. When she is not busy sharing her resources and connecting with other professionals, she is spending time with her husband and son.

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Tara Ruckman

Tara Ruckman is currently Certified Crisis Prevention Intervention Instructor, Youth, Teen, and Trauma Informed Yoga Educator, Resident Educator Program Coordinator and a Behavior Coach for fourteen schools. In addition to her roles in the public school system she is also an adjunct Professor for Ashland University and Best Selling Co-Author of Control the Chaos: Creating Order in the Classroom and Teaching Executive Functioning Skills.
Tara is key to embedding and implementation of Tier 1, 2, and 3 behavior interventions. ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and a Master's in Special Education is her education. She enjoys dissecting intense behaviors through functional behavior assessments and turning them into comprehensive behavioral intervention plans to support student progress. She also loves the pro-active teaching of desired behaviors for students that need that support! When she is not busy talking about behavior analysis and supporting teachers around many schools, you will find her trying to show the people she loves how they are her #1!

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