Tawanda C. Smallwood
Bertie High School
Questions to Consider
In regards to management, what procedures or
practices are going well for you in your classroom?
What do you do when a student does not follow your
directions? First step? Second step? Third step?
Identify your management strengths and needs
Describe the characteristics of great classroom
Apply strategies learned for developing great classroom
What is Classroom
With your group discuss what you think classroom
management is and generate a list. Put your
responses on the Google Doc.
What is Classroom Management?
It’s effective discipline
It’s being prepared for class
It’s motivating your students
It’s providing a safe, comfortable learning environment
It’s building your students’ self esteem
It’s being creative and imaginative in daily lessons
…It’s different for EVERYONE!!
Not all management strategies are effective for every
Try different strategies to see if they work for you
Why is Classroom
Satisfaction and enjoyment in teaching
Highest concern for beginning teachers
The Ideal Teacher:
Uses different teaching
Has a great sense of humor.
Acts like an adult and not a child
(or high school student).
Knows the subject matter.
Admits when he or she is wrong.
Uses a pleasant voice.
Is enthusiastic about the subject.
Is willing to listen to both sides
of an issue.
Has a reputation for giving
Isn’t a pushover. Keeps
misbehaving students in line.
Keeps everyone busy.
Does not have favorites.
Is polite to everyone all of the
Is friendly and fair.
According to Harry
Wong, “We are
who we are.”
dress for respect,
An Effective Discipline Plan
The 3 most important
student behaviors to
teach on the first days of
“If you do not have a plan, you are planning
From The First Days of School, by
Abide by the Rule
Break the Rule
Your Discipline Plan
Creating Your Class Rules
Only have 3 to 5 rules
State rules positively.
Make the rules easy for you and your students to
Be able to enforce the rules consistently.
Rules deal with behavior, not procedures.
Harry Wong emphasizes,“The best reward
is the satisfaction of a job well done.”
Some examples include:
A note home (Good News Cards)
Student of the day, week, or month
Certificates of Honor
Demerit or fine
Assignment to write ways to correct
Being last to leave
Loss of reward
Exclusion of class participation
I need help if…
Student hurts himself
Student hurts another
Student destroys property
Come up with 3 – 5 classroom expectations/rules. Share
with your group.
Enlist Parent Support
Be sure to send a copy of your discipline plan
home to parents the first day of school.
Make positive parent contact before you need
their assistance with a problem.
Contact parents as soon as you see a change in
their child’s behavior patterns.
Parents can be one of your biggest allies in
managing the student’s behavior.
Prevention is the key to good discipline.
Post the rules
Explain it then expect it
Proximity control (room arrangement)
Call to attention signal
Put aside pet peeves
Mistakes to Avoid…
Majoring in the minors
Low level distractions
Not teaching procedures
Being too tolerant
Emphasizing the negatives
Discarding the plan when it
doesn’t go as you expected
Procedures and Routines
Harry Wong writes in The First Days of School, “The
number one problem in the classroom is not discipline;
it is the lack of procedures and routines.”
Wong also states, “A procedure is simply a method or
process for how things are to be done in a classroom.”
Procedures answer the question, “What do I do
Explicit Teaching of Expected Behavior
Model the skills (both correct and incorrect examples)
Provide multiple opportunities for student practice
Monitor and provide feedback
Reteach as needed
Ideas for the Beginning of Class
It is ESSENTIAL that
the students have an
activity to complete as
soon as the bell rings.
Take roll while the
students are working
on the assignment.
Have your students:
Create a test question.
Scan the day’s reading
Take a mini-quiz.
Draw a cartoon.
Summarize the previous
According to Julia G. Thompson, author of
Discipline Survival Kit for the Secondary Teacher
Julia G. Thompson suggests the following techniques:
Time students between transitions.
Provide students with a checklist/agenda of the
Give students activities to “sponge”any dead time.
• List ten words associated with the lesson today.
• Defend your position on…
• Make flashcards for this unit.
• Circle the key words from yesterday’s notes.
Ending Class Without Chaos
The end of class should
be as structured as the
Closing exercises will
provide a constructive
review of the day’s
Be sure that you
dismiss the students
and not the bell.
Some more ideas to try from
Julia G. Thompson:
Predict the next lesson
Show a relevant cartoon
Play a game for bonus
What are your
The bell rings and there is chaos in the room. Students
hurry to place materials in baskets and many papers fall to
the floor without being picked up. The teacher is yelling in
an effort to try to give directions and none of the students
are listening. The students clearly have a focus on getting
out of the room quickly. Another class is trying to come in
the room and the students are bumping into each other.
5 minutes before the bell rings, the teacher instructs the
students to place their materials in an orderly fashion in the
baskets. Students that drop papers pick them up and place
them in the proper place. Once students return to their desk,
the teacher gives them a few seconds to organize their books
in preparation for the next class. The bell rings and the
students are dismissed in rows by the teacher. The other class
is waiting patiently as if they have been trained to do so. Once
all rows have been dismissed by the teacher, the other class
will enter the classroom.
It’s the first day of school
As the students leave the cafeteria, the students are in
line, but the students aren’t in a straight line (it’s more
like a group of people standing in a rectangle).
The teacher doesn’t address the wide line, but hears some
students talking and says, “Y’all act like a bunch of second
graders. I can’t believe that you can’t even form a straight
line. I can see this is going to be a tough year!”
The students leave the cafeteria and form a line in
the hallway. The line is not perfectly straight, but in
a calm voice the teacher encourages the students to
create a straight line while smiling and displaying a
caring attitude toward the students. The line is
practically perfect now. Some students are talking
and with a quiet voice she explains that others are
having class and that everyone needs to respect that.
The students are now quiet and ready to walk down
the hallway to the classroom. She immediately
praises them by saying, “You guys are doing great on
the first day of school. I know this is going to be a
wonderful school year with such a great group!”
Teacher behaviors can impact
student behavior in a positive or
How do you build relationships?
Seek first to understand the student’s point of view.
Listen and communicate.
Honor your students as human beings worthy of respect.
Keep your promises.
Be kind and courteous. Caring is key.
Ways to Build Positive
Greet everyone at the door
Call on everyone equitably
Give specific praise
Show personal interest in student activities
Provide individual help
Respect your students