KCC Art 141 Classroom Management

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KCC Art 141 Classroom Management

  1. 1. Classroom Management First year advice Survival tips Teacher talk If you feel less than successful after the first month, just re-evaluate your classroom rules and policies.
  2. 2. Advice for new teachers <ul><li>Take Charge – have a clear management plan with well defined rewards and consequences. Explain it to the students, send it home to the parents, and ask for signatures on the plan from both students and parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep students busy and engaged – have a number of potential class activities available. Bored kids get into trouble, busy kids stay out of trouble. </li></ul><ul><li>Get peer support – if you are not assigned an official mentor, find an unofficial one. </li></ul><ul><li>Get parental support – from extra supplies to celebration plans, parents are a hidden teacher resource but only if they are pulled into class activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Organize yourself – develop a system that will keep you organized. There is a lot going on in teaching, grading, and monitoring children each day. </li></ul><ul><li>Organize your students – teach students how to organize homework, notebooks, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Write and reflect – keep a journal to help you reflect on your first year and become a stronger teacher your second year. </li></ul><ul><li>Have fun – teaching is not only stressful but joyful!! </li></ul>
  3. 3. More Advice for Teachers 9. Establish a routine for students as they enter and leave the classroom. 10. Always make positive statements. 11. Use motivators to encourage good behavior. Rewards can be free or talk time. 12. Keep moving, always be moving around the room. 13. Maintain high levels of student involvement, active learning reduces the time students have to misbehave. 14. Know your students’ names. 15. Give the impression of being with every student at all times. 16. Accurately target misbehaving students. Don’t punish the whole class for misdeeds on one or two students. 17. Enforce fair consequences for misbehavior. 18. Don’t openly compare one student to another. 19. Apologize if you make a mistake. 20. Start each day with a clean slate, what happened yesterday stays there. 21. Avoid situations which force students to save face, you will end up the loser.
  4. 4. Teacher Survival Tips <ul><li>Don’t argue with the students. </li></ul><ul><li>You are the teacher, take control and be in charge of your classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Be consistent. Be Fair. Be positive. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain composure – attack the behavior, not the student. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan, plan, and plan some more. Be prepared. </li></ul><ul><li>Intervene early. </li></ul><ul><li>Model good behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Reward good behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Make students accountable, nip excuses in the bud. </li></ul><ul><li>Give students space. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring your boss on board. </li></ul><ul><li>Use teacher talk. ( I know you can do it.) </li></ul><ul><li>Treat students with the same respect you expect from them. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Teacher Talk <ul><li>Unenforceable Statements </li></ul><ul><li>Please sit down </li></ul><ul><li>Please be quiet </li></ul><ul><li>I’m not going to have you line up until everyone is quiet. </li></ul><ul><li>Raise your hand if you want to talk. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t touch/push other students. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your hands to yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t talk to me in that tone of voice </li></ul><ul><li>You’re not going to stay in group if you act like that. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t come back to this room until you can control yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>If you forget your homework/permission slip, you’re going to miss the trip. </li></ul><ul><li>Get your stuff cleaned up and put away…hurry up. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Teacher Talk <ul><li>Enforceable Statements </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll begin as soon as you are seated. </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll be glad to start as soon as you show me you are ready. </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll be lining people up as soon as it is quiet. </li></ul><ul><li>I listen to people who raise their hands </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll start again as soon as I know you are with me. </li></ul><ul><li>You are welcome to day with us when you can keep your hands to yourself </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll listen as soon as your voice is as calm as mine. </li></ul><ul><li>You may go out as soon as you have your coat. </li></ul><ul><li>You may stay with you if you can give up on that behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to come back to the room as soon as you are calm. </li></ul><ul><li>All of those who remember homework/permission slips are welcome to go on the field trip. </li></ul><ul><li>You are welcome to join us as soon as you put away your stuff. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Did you care today? <ul><li>To establish the rapport you need with students and to help manage your classroom, keep these ideas in mind – </li></ul><ul><li>get to know your students’ names as soon as possible </li></ul><ul><li>go over the daily schedule with students </li></ul><ul><li>post a copy of the class rules for everyone to see </li></ul><ul><li>remember you can’t out scream 30 plus students. The louder you get, the louder your class becomes, learn to moderate your voice. </li></ul><ul><li>be yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Keep humor in your teaching </li></ul><ul><li>don’t prejudge any student, no matter what you hear about them in the staff lounge </li></ul><ul><li>be sensitive to gender differences </li></ul><ul><li>respect your students’ religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>reward and praise your students sincerely and frequently </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Giving Effective Directions </li></ul><ul><li>Insist that students sit in a certain manner. For example the desks should be cleared, hands on top of the desk, or all eyes on the teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not allow students to begin working until you are finished giving directions. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell students you will NOT answer questions during the first 5 minutes of the work period. Set a timer. When students know you are not available for a private tutor session they will listen to your directions. </li></ul><ul><li>Write step by step directions on the board in numbered sequence. </li></ul><ul><li>Read all directions to the class and point to each direction on the board as you read it. </li></ul><ul><li>Do an example with the class. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell students when to begin working and remind them of the 5 minute no question period. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell students where to put finished work. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell students what to do after they have finished the assignment. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Class Room Management Exercise 10 min - In groups of 3 or 4 you will create - no more than 5 rules - share with the class - avoid rules such as “be nice”. A good goal but too vague to serve as a rule 10 min - come up with 1 idea for classroom management, share with class 10 min – come up with - 1 bell work idea - 1 idea on how to make the parents your ally - 1 way to keep students involved Activity – Using a piece of construction paper and markers, in your choice of color, create a sign to illustrate your personal classroom rules.

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