MANAGEMENT VS. DISCIPLINE… Be proactive, not reactive Retaliatory (homework, book work, grades, pop quizzes aren’t punishments) Be consistent (think parenting!) Be predictable (assigned seats – even in the moment) Be transparent (bring it back to the instruction!) DOCUMENT EVERYTHING! (best practices: class logs, scannerpro, iPad/phone camera)
PROCEDURES ARE KEY… Locations of important materials (from day one!) Verbal vs. nonverbal procedures – say the minimum Be consistent, swift, and intentional – own your traits If it deserves a procedure, it deserves follow- up (invest time in August, enjoy eight peaceful months) Use tech to facilitate (Google Voice w/ big classes, schoo/personal website, Remind101.com)
BUTTONS AND HAPPY PLACES… OWN THEM! Do not apologize for pet peeves or enjoying little moments – your classroom is YOUR kingdom – treat it as you treat your own home. What you say goes! (Just make sure you pick your battles wisely…) Meredith’s buttons: **-Leaving the seat =-Talking while I’m talking -Extraneous noise -Entering loudly Meredith’s solutions: -”My voice starts, yours stops.” -”I don’t argue with students.” -”I’m not taking questions, I’m taking attendance.” -”Try again.” Meredith’s happy places: -Self-sufficiency Cristina’s buttons: -Not completely listening -Negative comments -Extraneous noise Cristina’s solutions: -Non-verbal consequence/re-direction -”Seriously?” Cristina’s happy places: -Recording important dates -Self-=sufficiency -Reflecting my expectations
EXPECTATIONS… Explain verbal expectations specifically (and follow up!) “Believe ½ of what you see, none of what you hear.” (What do you want them saying about your class?) Give directions, don’t ask questions – choices work, too! Meredith’s expectations: _-Addressing me respectfully “I think you’re confused…” -Noise level/distractions -”I don’t argue with students.” -Self-sufficiency _-”I’m going to let you figure that out.” -”Don’t waste class time.” Cristina’s expectations: -Tardies WILL count, period -Silent classroom when I’m talking -Self-sufficiency -Giving non-answers (- because they know better!