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Tweets, texts by Schenectady teacher keep students on their toes

Elmer Avenue Elementary School teacher Michael Sheridan works with student Jude Bellot on December 13.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Elmer Avenue Elementary School teacher Michael Sheridan works with student Jude Bellot on December 13.
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There are no excuses in Mr. Sheridan’s class. The sixth-graders at Elmer Avenue Elementary School can ask Michael Sheridan for homework help via Twitter, text or email. They can go to his class website and watch videos explaining the lessons they were supposed to learn. Their parents can sign up for texts listing every homework assignment and the upcoming tests. They can even check on their child’s hour-by-hour behavior, or wait for the weekly report ...


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JIMOCONNOR
December 23, 2013
9:20 a.m.

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How are these kids being weaned off all this immediate reinforcement. How will they be helped to generalize these behaviors beyond these three classrooms.

melanie
December 23, 2013
8:49 p.m.

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lets give these teachers some kudos for utilizing innovative ways to engage the students and helping to motivate them to learn. There are many positive behavior management classroom strategies, like the Good Behavior Game(Johns Hopkins) and Postive Behavioral Intervention Strategeis,which may already be in place to help generalize these behaviors beyond the specific classrooms. When longtitudinally studied,these strategies were strong motivators for improved learning and societal outcomes. Praise for innovative learning techniques is more warrented that a critique.

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