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1 Kenneth Miller August 9, 2013 Classroom Management

2 Goals By the end of this session, you should be able to: Identify the five keys to classroom management. Apply the five keys to common classroom problems.

3 Planning makes perfect! Arrive early enough to plan ahead. Become familiar with the day’s lesson plans. Learn what your technology needs are and plan ahead to ensure they’re met. Know the building and classroom layout, procedures, routines, and reward systems.

4 The Five Keys 1.Teach Expectations 2.Get and Keep Students On Task 3.Ensure Positive Interactions 4.Respond Non-Coercively 5.Avoid Being Trapped

5 Teach Expectations At the beginning of every day, be sure to take the time to teach students about your expectations. Classroom expectations Instructional Expectations Procedural Expectations

6 Using Expectations to Aid in Transitions Explain to Students: 1.How they effectively end the current task they’re working on. 2.What they should do with the materials they have been using. 3.What new materials they will need. 4.What to do with these new materials 5How much time the transition should take.

7 Getting and Keeping Students On Task The keys to getting and keeping students on task are: 1.Start Teaching Immediately 2.Manage by walking around

8 Ensuring Positive Interactions Strive to follow the “3 to 1” rule Go out of your way to recognize those that are doing things correctly. Find “Risk Free” situations for interaction.

9 Respond Non-Coercively The first step to responding non-coercively is to determine whether a behavior that is being displayed is consequential or not.

10 Respond Non-Coercively If the behavior does warrant consequences use the following script. 1.Say something positive 2.Describe the problem behavior 3.Describe the desired behavior 4.Explain why it is desired. 5.Provide an opportunity to practice the desired behavior 6.Provide positive feedback. Always stick to the facts, and address the behavior, not the person.

11 Avoiding the bait Do not allow students to trap you in otherwise indefensible positions. Some of the most common traps include: 1.Criticism 2.Common Sense Trap 3.Questioning why students are acting inappropriately 4.Sarcasm 5.Falling for pleas 6.Making threats

12 How to Avoid Pitfalls Keep cool, calm, and collected. Establish a professional and respecting relationship by: Greeting each student by standing outside the door of the classroom Listing the overall expectations for the day, and asking the students to “buy into them.” Demonstrating your knowledge of classroom rituals and routines Not negotiating, arguing, or fighting over the implementation of consequences. Remembering the 3 to 1 rule Maintaining a level and positive tone of voice at all times.

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