Classroom management is something people might overlook. The lesson plan is completed, resources planned and developed and you are ready to go. However, have you put as much thought into classroom management?
1: If you don’t manage the classroom – your students will!
Plan your classroom management as carefully as you plan the teaching and learning. Pay attention from the moment the students walk in the classroom. Signal in your behaviour and attention from the first second that you are in charge and this is your classroom.
2. Set your ‘Great Expectations’
What are the 4 things that you expect from your students? The most important behaviours you want from them. These 4 behaviours should be precious to you and you should commit to them absolutely.
3. Involve your students and gain agreement
Negotiate things that you are prepared to give ground on. Set the principle and ask the students to contribute in how this can be achieved. Take their suggestions and collaborate to make a plan and see it as part of classroom management.
4. Record what works and build the plan
Spend 5 minutes at the end of the lesson reflecting on what worked and what didn’t. Do more of what is working and less of what isn’t working. Write things down. This way, classroom management becomes part of your plan.
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5. Think about possible consequences to lapses in your agreement and inappropriate behaviour.
The more your students see that the consequence is the inevitable result of their behaviour, the more commitment and agreement to the ground rules they will have. Punishment is something that is imposed; consequences are something they bring on themselves: effective classroom management.
6. State your expectations clearly and often
Be consistent and repetitive. Don’t just cross your fingers and hope that they will carry on behaving as you wish. Be a velvet-covered brick: soft and approachable on the outside, firm and solid underneath.
7. Laugh… a Lot
One of the best classroom management tools is laughter. Fill your classroom with laughter. Life will be easier.
8. Ask for Help
Realise that drawing on all the resources around you is the smart thing to do. Find the person that never has few problems with classroom management and observe.
9. Manage your own state and be the authority
Personal authority comes from within. Your students will commit to you because you have authority whereas they will only comply with rules.
10. Keep calm and carry on!
Pay attention to all your small victories and build on them. Self-management and classroom management go hand in hand. Go home, relax, and recharge your batteries. Those things your students’ value: your time, attention, fairness, compassion and humour are yours to give: renewable resources after a good night’s sleep.
TOPTIP 11 – ASK FOR HELP!
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