When you have been to enough training workshops, you develop a sixth sense for when the dreaded "mixer" is coming. This activity usually causes me to have a sudden urge to use the bathroom. It is an introvert's worst nightmare.
Take the judgment out of conversations about student behavior with an inexpensive click counter and an "Undercover Boss."
Why manage your class when you can encourage students to manage themselves instead?
At the beginning of the school year, I had given a 3-2-1 exit ticket, and one of the questions I asked was, "What is one thing you are worried about?"
The answer that one student wrote on his paper broke my heart.