Tips for Effective Classroom Management Presented by Jen Romano email@example.com
Agenda • Preparing for the Classroom • What to do BEFORE teaching • Managing the Classroom • What to do WHILE teaching • Reflecting • What to do when the lesson is done
Preparing for the Classroom • The “Teacher Presence” • It’s always easier to get easier • Planning • Benefits of overplanning • Smooth transitions • Rules as “Expectations” • Simple to understand and easy to follow • Posted in classroom for easy reference
Practical Practice…Rules • Make a list of no more than 5 rules/expectations that you consider mostimportant in your classroom • Organize your list from the most important rule (#1) to the least important rule (#5)
General Tips Get to know your students DO NOT speak over students’ chatter Outline the lesson Circulate Model appropriate behavior Non-verbal cues Proximity Name dropping Point out good behavior Managing the Classroom
Managing the Classroom • Dealing with Disruptions • Importance of remaining calm • Avoid “making a scene” • Manage problems with as little disruption to the lesson as possible • “I” messages
Practical Practice…Role Play • Scenario 1: • You have just assigned the class to complete a worksheet individually, yet there is a group of 3 students in the back who are a) not even listening to you, b) do not have their worksheet out, and c) are not prepared with a pen or pencil • What would you do???
Practical Practice…Role Play • Scenario 2 • Your students are taking a vocabulary test. You have one student who refuses to even try. He turns the test over and puts his head down on the desk. You kindly ask him to try to take the test, and he explodes in anger. He begins yelling at you about how “You can’t make me” and “This is stupid anyway” and distracts the class by crumpling up the test paper and throwing it across the room. • What would you do????
Reflecting • Keep a log – What worked/didn’t work? • Activities • Classroom management techniques • Start fresh every day • Have a positive attitude • Have high expectations
Classroom Management Resources • The Really Big List of Classroom Management Resources • List of over 400 websites on classroom management • http://drwilliampmartin.tripod.com/classm.html • The First Days of School by Harry Wong