Tawanda C. Smallwood
Bertie High School
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,
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 of the day’s
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
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
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.
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