Effective Classroom Management Strategies A smooth running classroom is the result of implementing appropriate rules and procedures so that students know what is expected. Either you set the standards, or your students will.
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Am I in the right room? • What are the rules in this classroom? • Your room is clearly labelled and welcoming • Identify your class rules and discipline plan What students want to know when they enter your classroom on the first day: • Where am I supposed to sit? • Your room is clearly labelled and welcoming • Assign students a seat
Prepare a script • Will I be treated as a human being? • What will I be doing this year? • Who is the teacher as a person?
Why the First Day of School is so important What is done on the first day will to a large extent, determine the success of that class.
On the First Day of School Greet students personally as they enter the room.
On the First Day of School Assign seats to students
On the First Day of School Instruct students to begin the assignment at their desks as soon as they find their seat.
I put an assignment on the board every single day before the students came in to my classes. I now have one of the smoothest running classrooms, and the students produce more for me now than at any other time. Shirley Bert Lee, Elementary Teacher The First Days of School I put an assignment on the board every single day before the students came in to my classes. I now have one of the smoothest running classrooms, and the students produce more for me now than at any other time. Shirley Bert Lee, Elementary Teacher The First Days of School
‘Bell Work’ reading math revision spelling colouring drawing
The one, single, most important factor governing student learning is classroom management. Educational Leadership, January 1994
Rules Have Consequences Never make a rule that you are not willing to enforce every time
Rewards Praise Movie and popcorn party Whole class PAT Joy of learning
The number one problem in classrooms is not discipline; it is the lack of procedures and routines. The First Days of School, p167
Procedures to teach On the First Day of School
Without procedures and routines there is no structure. Without structure, no one knows what to do. Without procedures and routines there is no structure. Without structure, no one knows what to do.
Teaching Procedures: Explain, Rehearse, Reinforce
If you want your students to do something, they must physically do it and do it and do it and do it over and over again. ... Until it is right
Waiting in line procedure Feet together Arms at side No talking
Computer lab procedure Wash hands No more than 2 people at a computer Clean the area before you leave Log out of all programs If it is the end of the day, close down the computer.
Teach Responsible behaviour Clean up Clean up handing out General Chores Bulletin Board
Identify the procedures you need for your classroom and teach them as the need presents • When students are late • Asking for help • Responding to help • Listening and responding to questions • When you need paper/pencil • Sharpening pencils • Turning in papers • When absent • When someone enters the room • Working co-operatively • An emergency alert • When you need help • Procedures for finishing early • Playground equipment • Keeping work area tidy • Walking in the hallway • Going to the library • Using computers • When absent • Going to the toilet • Using the water fountain
Managing Behaviour It has been estimated that a teacher makes more decisions in an hour than an air traffic controller. Tools for Teaching, Fred Jones
‘work the crowd’ Make eye contact with those at a distance
Managing stress will enable you to manage the classroom more effectively Remaining calm in the face of stress, is a skill If you are calm, you will have a calming effect on those around you
What you say non-verbally will have a greater impact than what you say verbally • Body language is the language of emotion and intention.
Discipline or instruction? • A difficult choice? How big is the disruption How important is the assignment?
At some point, dealing with the same provocations from the same students over and over again will become personal.
Being consistent If you respond based upon your feelings, you can never be consistent.
Managing classroom disruptions Learn to Relax
With good eye contact there is a tension between the teacher and the student that builds with each passing second.