Classroom management is a pretty wide topic. And the funny part? They don’t teach you much of it in the teacher prep programs.
Why? I am pretty sure because of the fact that every child and every mixture of children in the classroom are all different.
I do remember having to create a philosophy of teaching statement. That’s about it.
Ask any teacher that has been teaching longer than a week if he or she notices a difference in the entire classroom behavior if just 1 or 2 specific students are absent. I think you know where I am going with this.
As a brand new teacher, classroom management was my biggest fear. I honestly had nightmares that started the month before school began and ran several times throughout the month.
I really feared an uprising. From 8 year olds. #truestory
For me, the fear wasn’t that I was worried about third graders in mass chaos in the classroom in front of me, it was more worrisome that my colleagues and heaven forbid my new principal walked in as spitballs were flying through the air.
Of course, none of that ever really happened to me. Though I can’t speak for other teachers everywhere.
Having some sort of behavior plan ahead of time is a good idea, whether you teach elementary, middle, or even high school.
Children will always test your limits. Knowing what those limits are in advance can save you plenty of shut eye in the long run.
I did a quick inquiry on my good friend Mr. Google and I was quickly informed that there are almost 600 MILLION results for a search for classroom management.
That’s a lot of choices to have to sort through!
What are the best behavior management strategies?
Smart rules and consequences include having the class assist you in creating them.
Why? It creates an immediate buy-in from the students and when they are not happy with the results of their own disruptive behaviors, they don’t have you to pass blame on to because you weren’t the driving force behind them.
The real truth about classroom management
Student behavior can make or break a teacher’s school year. Having classroom communities that a warm and engaging will keep the behavior disruptions to a minimum.
Very few teachers will be able to say they never have any type of behavior blips.
Even the very “best” students will still have a few students who like to blurt out responses, aimlessly wander during the middle of the reading block, or one who loves the thrill of the 5-finger discount of others’ desk supplies.
Knowing that there are thousands of solutions for thousands of possible classroom management issues, I promise there is something out there that will help for every child.
If you want to have a more enjoyable vocation, it comes down to testing and tweaking until you find out what works the best for your unique group of students.
And I can promise that as soon as you find your magic bullet, it will change the next year for certain.
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What are your best classroom management tips? There are always room for more! Feel free to leave a comment below.
This post originally appeared at Organized Classroom.