Classroom Management Tools To Being An Effective Teacher By: Holly McNutt
Keys To Effective Classroom Management Engage students as soon as they enter the classroom. Be ready to teach as soon as the bell rings. Include various activities and materials to capture students attention and interests. Involve all students. Make sure students understand why what you are teaching is important to them. Be positive. Point out what students are doing well. Congratulate students on his or her accomplishments or behavior.
Who better than experienced teachers to give advice? Tricia Davenport Kindergarten Teacher 11 Years Experience
Keys To Effective Classroom Management Establish classroom procedures and routines. Practice and reinforce procedures. Reduce interruptions and distractions during lessons. Monitor and move around classroom to keep all students involved. Plan, plan, plan. Planning is the key to staying organized. Keep rules simple. Establish only a few classroom rules. State them simply, clearly, and often. Never give up on a child!
Sharon Briscoe Kindergarten Teacher 10 Years Experience
Classroom Management Be fair. Be the kind of person children trust-firm, fair, friendly, respectful, with a sense of humor. Keep an orderly classroom. Maintain a cheerful, organized classroom, it encourages good student behavior. Get to know your students. You can begin to develop a sixth sense for anticipating trouble before it begins. Make learning fun! Avoid arguing with students, especially in front of other students.
Compliment chains are used to reinforce positive behavior. Every time the class receives a compliment from an adult, they earn a link for their chain. When the chain is full the class receives a reward. Rewards have included wearing pajamas to school or bringing cokes to drink in class. Kelly Sawvell Sixth Grade Teacher 8 Years Experience
Dont threaten, act. Try not use threats to enforce discipline. Never humiliate a child in your classroom. Let students know how much you care. Determine jointly with your students what is acceptable in terms of behavior, and what is not. Be consistent with rules and procedures. During transition times try to incorporate a fun learning activity, such as a song or chant. Tools Of The Trade
It is important to always have a bag of tricks ready to pull out at any moment. Kathy Pelley Kindergarten Teacher 20 Years Experience
Take advantage of the teachable moment. Make every day a brand new day. Every student deserves a second chance. Do not use sarcasm with students. Keep parents informed and involved. Wisdom To Live By
Classroom Management Foster a caring relationship with parents by letting them have regular updates on progress. Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal And Parents
Expectations, Expectations, Expectations! Michael Bridge 5 th Grade Teacher 7 Years Experience
Effective Parent Communication Establish a rapport with each parent or guardian. Get to know the parents. Little things can make a big difference. Make yourself available to parents, through phone calls, email, etc. Keep precise records so that when you are discussing behavior or issues regarding a child, you are able to give specific examples.
Provide parents with as much information as possible about what is going on in the classroom. Create a web page or send a monthly or weekly newsletter. Send home a welcome letter that states rules, procedures, and expectations. Always try to make a positive contact before a negative one must be made. Remember the slogan, Parents on your side!
Quotes While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions. Stephen Covey A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding. General Douglas MacArthur Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. Denis Waitley Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. William Jennings Bryan Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius. Isaac Disraeli Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. William Arthur Ward Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. Aristotle
Resources National Education Association Oklahoma State Department of Education The James Madison Center, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.