20 Dead Simple Classroom Management Ideas, Tricks, and Tips Classroom Management by Joel Wagner - September 4, 2012May 28, 20162 I have written extensively in the past about classroom management and I admit I have glossed over some things while belaboring other points way beyond the point of exhaustion. Below are a few of the common classroom management pieces of advice and a handful of simple tricks to use in effort to make those things happen. Try one or two and see if things become easier… Work on your pacing Slow down your rate of speech; kids don’t comprehend information as fast as we do Be silent more often; silence allows kids to reflect more on what has been said Communicate urgency without getting frantic Be in control of what you say and how you say it Don’t argue with kids; nothing loses power faster than an adult who argues with kids Set clear expectations Check for understanding; don’t assume the kids understand the first time Give examples of what is and what is not allowed/expected Check for understanding again Write important things down Check for understanding again Minimize off-task behavior Move around the room Redirect off-task behavior as quickly as you can Address repeated off-task behavior Before given a chance for off-task behavior, students should be reminded of the rules and expectations of them Avoid spending too much time working on a particular concept; when I am fixing a problem with my band, I will usually have them play that section no more than three times and move on, even if it’s not better — this avoids the bulk of rehearsal being focused on Create a safe learning environment Encourage the heck out of your students; people thrive on encouragement Put a stop to criticism of other students immediately; “We don’t do that in here” works wonders Set clear behavioral expectations and consequences, and follow through Admit your fears and weaknesses Avoid mocking wrong answers or allowing other students to do the same While many of these may be no-brainers to most people, I’m certain that a number of you can benefit from reading these things laid out like this. I know it would have helped me when I was starting out. So have you heard any classroom management tips from more experienced teachers that simply don’t make sense to you? Post in the comments and hopefully someone will be able to help you out with them. Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.