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4 Tips to Successfully Manage Your Classroom

4 Tips to Successfully Manage Your Classroom

Dorit Sasson

It’s important to create the building blocks for an effective system of classroom management before the school year begins. As you brainstorm ideas, remember to keep three goals in mind. First, effective management techniques seek to establish mutual trust between students and the teacher. Second, they provide explicit guidelines regarding acceptable classroom behavior and scholastic expectations. Third, a well-planned management system creates an environment that promotes learning.

Establishing A Code Of Conduct

At the beginning of each year, students and teachers are supplied with a revised institutional code. In it, you will find the district’s policies for student behavior and discipline. Using this as a guide, prepare a behavioral code of conduct that can be discussed and posted in your classroom. This exercise will even benefit a classroom of younger students who have not yet learned to read if you ‘translate’ each rule into simple, easy to remember words, and recite them together. Be prepared to answer any questions your student might have, as well as, discuss why each guideline is important.

Dealing With Discipline

You will inevitably be faced with disciplinary problems. While establishing a classroom code of conduct each school year, make certain your students understand the consequences of misbehavior. Discipline procedures are, of course, governed by district policies, so become familiar with appropriate measures for dealing with disturbances and unacceptable behavior. As you get to know the dynamic of your class, you’ll be better able to design a plan of action that is tailored to their needs.

While a second chance can be warranted in certain circumstances, not following through with stated consequences will only undermine your authority. It is also important to remember to discipline consistently for every infraction no matter when it happens or who has behaved inappropriately. It is never okay to show favoritism to any student.

Establishing A Routine

Children thrive in structured environments. If you don’t allow time between activities for their mind to wander, you’ll have a better chance of keeping them focused on you and engaged in the lesson. Start each morning by meeting your students at the door and welcoming them to class. For those who arrive early, encourage them to try a puzzle or coloring page you’ve set out for them. At the beginning of each class, go over the schedule for the day so that your students know what to expect. In these instances, routine doesn’t equate to boring, but offers your students a sense of security in knowing what to expect.

Keeping Busy

With a new group of students, each with unique skills and at different stages of development, it’s sometimes difficult to determine how long a lesson or activity will take. Because of this, it is beneficial to over-plan. Print off some extra worksheets that supplement the material being learned. Design a short PowerPoint quiz that summarizes key concepts in the lesson. Plan an extra craft to keep students interested in the unit. However you decide to accomplish this, be prepared for the unexpected.

It may not seem like much, but keeping children informed of what is expected of them and providing a fair, safe, and structured environment goes a long way to creating a successfully managed classroom. If you are interested in making your classroom run as smoothly as possible you may want to check out the classroom management products available at MPMSchoolSupplies.com. It’s an online teacher supply store that carries everything from arts and crafts to circle time classroom rugs!

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