It is probably no surprise that teacher education programs do not adequately prepare teachers to manage their classrooms. This article shares tips that focus on rules, routines, praise, misbehavior, and engagement to help teachers keep and maintain control of their classrooms. These ideas help fill the gap between preparation and actual classroom practice.
Some teachers have a flair for classroom management. Several seasoned veteran teachers share their tips for managing their classrooms more efficiently and effectively. You will be in control of your classroom in no time if you use these strategies.
New teachers usually find out very quickly that their methods classes don't prepare them for the challenges they face on a day to day basis. This 12 minute video explains the importance of establishing routines and procedures, physical proximity, and gaming to increase engagement.
Robert and Jana Marzano discuss how classroom management has a large impact on student achievement. This article looks at three specific behaviors including exhibiting appropriate levels of dominance, exhibiting appropriate levels of cooperation and being aware of high-needs students. Each of these behaviors is examined in-depth.
This article from the Association of Midlevel Educators provides specific strategies that integrate knowledge to help teachers develop a strong management system based on their relationships with students. The most important aspect of teaching is being able to development relationships with students, especially the most difficult ones.
As long as cell phones have been around, they have posed a problem for teachers. This article provides some ideas for what to include in a classroom cell phone policy. Whether you have a strict policy against phones or if you allow them at certain times, the most important thing to remember is that for any policy to work it must be fairly and consistently enforced.
Dr. Richard Curwin, coauthor of Discipline With Dignity, shares ideas for how not to embarrass students. The best idea on the list is to ask students what we should avoid. Many times we don't even realize the things we say or do can be embarrassing. No teacher wants to be hurtful and this article serves as a good reminder for what not to do.