I am in a few facebook groups for educators and even started my own group. The one question I see most frequently is “I am a new teacher, what should I do for my classroom management.” It’s not always in those words, but that is what is being asked.
I think as educators…teachers…women… We know that establishing a classroom community is crucial to teaching. Part of that community is a plan in place to reward students for positive choices and steps set out to assign consequences for not meeting expectations.
4 Steps to Classroom Management
There are SO many components that fall under the umbrella of classroom management. But my goal was to keep this video short (under 20 minutes!! Go me!) So I chose the four aspects that I feel are most crucial to setting up a classroom management plan. The best part is you can do this right now while you are on summer break.
In fact, I would encourage you to do it right now so you have time to think on it, change it, tweak it so that by the first day of school you are prepared and ready to set expectations immediately.
1.Behavior Routines- I touch briefly on this topic in the video because I did a video about it a couple weeks ago. (You can watch it right here!) But essentially you need a whole group, small group, and individual behavior plan in place for your students.
2. Establish Routines- This means teacher routines AND student routines. Teacher routines are what you have in place for lesson planning, grading papers, time management, etc. Student Routines are what you have in place to keep the kids moving as well as letting them know what your expectations are.
3. Engagement- Part of keeping kids from off task behavior (i.e. annoying you!) is keeping them engaged. I share a few ways I have engaged students as well as ways other teachers have kept the engagement up in their classrooms.
4. Brain Breaks- These are so, so, SO important. Again, part of keeping kids from off task behavior is keeping them entertained, moving, and getting oxygen to their brain.
Resources Related to Classroom Management
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I’d love for you to have a listen HERE! And I would especially love it if you shared it with your other teacher friends!!!
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If you are looking for additional support when it comes to Classroom Management, then check out the free trainings offered by Linda Kardamis from Teach 4 the Heart. She has a ton of free and paid courses all around Classroom Management.
If you are looking for help in just establishing a management plan, then check out Classroom Solutions. (This is great for all you first year teachers out there!) Or maybe you have a management plan in place but are looking to go a little deeper. Either way you won’t be disappointed.
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Until next time,
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