Classroom management I’ve learned is a thing you pick-it-up as you go. For the first time to be in the field day-to-day for a month, I thought I knew some things about classroom management but I really don’t. FOR NOW, this is one plan from what I have picked up on from what to do and what not to do. Nothing will be perfect especially for children.
The most important thing is to teach students right and wrong. There shouldn’t be any gray areas. Things should be consistent. Things shouldn’t be so much as to disciplining children when things go wrong but strengthening the way to react, to do, and how to follow instructions.
Procedures and Routines:
It takes 30 days for an average human to get into a routine. From the first day, students should be directed into the routine you would like them. Then it turns into a proceudre. Always have the routine written for students to be able to have no excuse of not knowing what to do. For example: Once the students walk in for the day,
- Pick up papers/pencil
- turn in homework
- sit down and stay seated for warm up and assignments
- Reading/ AR tests
Teacher should take time in the morning to be able to talk to students and let them know what’s expected of the day especially if there might be some unexpected stuff happening or changes to the day.
Restroom Procedure (every 30 minutes)
Girls in one line, boys in another line.
Students walk quietly to bathroom, only two at a time. Stand quietly outside the bathroom to be next in line. If not needed to go to the restroom, students still quietly with their backs against the wall and wait.
Switch class procedure
Students line up in number order. When quiet students walk out to the blue line in the hallway and waits for the other class to come out. Once everybody is out of the classroom, students walk into the classroom quietly.
Students come into class from their switch class. Students place their stuff on their desk. Class lines up based on what your order for lunch is. Example if it’s tacos and chicken. The students who ordered tacos line up first. The students who ordered chicken line up right behind the taco orders. Lastly, the students who brought their lunch stands at the end of line. Students walk quietly to lunch and once they get to the cafeteria will walk quietly to their separate ways. Lunch line for tacos, lunch line for chicken, and students who brought their lunch walk to their lunch table.
For the first week of school, students and teacher should choose what the class rules should be. Students will be able to come up their own. But here are some rules that might come in play as class comes together in deciding their rules.
- No distracting others from their learning.
- Be respectful to teacher, others, and yourself.
- Follow instructions when asked.
- Ask questions whenever it is necessary.
- One person at a time speaks.
- Be kind, good and work hard.
This part is something I will always needing growth and new ways to redirect behavior. You will always have those good students that are always good. Then you will have those they aren’t always good and you never want to be the nagging teacher that is consistently raising your voice, or getting on to those who can’t seem to get things right. Here are something I think might help.
Students like it when the whole class is being good. A lot of the times in the older grades you’ll see students telling their friends, “hey be quiet, I can’t hear” or “That is not what you’re supposed to be doing.” Students will pick this up from the teacher who points out those things that as a class when they’re doing things they should not be doing. It goes back to black and white areas. As a group teacher can reinforce with team points on the “Bravo Board”. When students are in their table groups for example, if there is a red, green, blue, and orange table, when teacher sees the whole group being bravo and well-behaved teacher will give a point to the team. Once group gets so many points they as a table group may choose a coupon to use for the day. For example, take your shoes off, eat lunch with the teacher in the class and etc.
As a whole class, teacher can have a “good job” jar and when class is being good each time teacher will add a marble. Once they get to filling the jar to a certain level the whole class gets a reward. Already have the rewards stated for example, if they reach 1/3rd of the jar, class gets extra recess and maybe if they get to the top class gets an ice cream party. Don’t over exaggerate with how large the jar is because it actually could take forever for the class to reach the levels. It depends on the teacher’s expectations of when to reward with a marble.
Individual- When individuals are being exceptional students reinforce with stickers or tickets to a treasure box once the student gets so many, at the end of the day students will choose spend their tickets for something in the treasure box. Let students know once they spend their tickets they start over with zero so students can save or spend whenever they would like.
Desk fairy- There are a lot of those out there that cannot stand messy desks. Have a reinforcement for those who keep their desks neat and always know where their papers are when asked to grab it out. State this at the beginning of the week so the organization can begin before the messiness. Every afternoon after students
Group: Students lose time at a recess. When whole class has negative behavior students will sit out for a designated time at recess as a whole class.
Students have their clothes pin with their name on it. Students will move their clothespin on a behavior chart according to their behavior. Teacher will first move the named clothespin to a warning to let student know they have a chance to change. Any other time students will have negative behavior they will move their own clothespin.