I recently came across an article by Rachel Maxwell and Jessica Corry called Six Music Classroom Management Strategies. As I read through the list, I noticed many similarities to topics that I have covered frequently. If you find yourself teaching in a music classroom of any sort in the near future, I highly recommend checking out the original article.
Teach, Model, and Reteach Routines
Use Nonverbal Signals
Keep Rules Simple
Organize Your Space
Play More, Talk Less
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
This article discusses some simple classroom management tips that teachers can immediately implement in their day-to-day teaching.
Inspiring students to be motivated and engaged in the learning process is an essential part of managing a classroom. Teaching students while calmly and effectively managing disruptive behavior is a vital skill for every educator.
Experimenting with new behavior management methods can help determine what works best for you and your students. Their unique personalities and challenges make every class different; a technique that proves effective for one student may not work well for her classmates.
Here are five tips you can try in your classroom. The more tools you have in your toolbox, the more effective youâ€™ll be at managing a variety of classroom behaviors.
Itâ€™s one of the most underrated professions in the world â€“ most people assume that you donâ€™t need anyÂ special skills to be a teacher, yet few realize that it takes a great deal of effort and ability to handle aÂ classroom full of students. You not only have to be thoroughly knowledgeable in the subject youâ€™re handling,Â you also need to know how to control a class and maintain discipline and order in it. In short, to be a goodÂ teacher, you also need the following classroom management skills.
5 classroom management skills every teacher must have
Some teachers command authority through the way they look â€“ their very appearanceÂ makes students give them the respect they deserve. Others invite sniggers and giggles becauseÂ they look
The results to my most recent Twitter poll (what is your classroom management secret weapon?) can be seen over at Miss Cal.Q.L8's blog.
Be sure to go check out 27 Classroom Management Secret Weapons. While you're at it, subscribe to her blog and leave some comments.
It still works. Check it out at NYC Educator. I wish I could say I handle it the good ol' boy way all the time. I don't. What I have discovered is that as I get older and wiser (ha), I handle misbehaviors better. The key is coming up with a contingency plan and knowing how you will respond to certain behaviors.
As we come to the conclusion of Reader Appreciation Month, I want to summarize some of the things that we have learned. Today, I'll focus on the incredible wealth of knowledge that we have learned about classroom management with these 50 awesome classroom management tips.
I found that when I put all of the tips together, I had over 70 suggestions. I combined a few of them and broke them down into categories. The tips all fell into four categories: Personal, Student and Parent Relationships, Organization and Teaching, and Behavior and Rules. After consolidating, I came up with 50 classroom management tips I have learned this month.
Personal classroom management tips
Find out who you are as a person; find your strengths,
I went to the doctor today. It was the first time I've been in over a year and a half. I have strep throat. And it's summer. How lame is that?
Enough with the complaining, As I was sitting here this evening wondering why my visitor numbers were a bit lower than they have been lately, I realized that I didn't write anything on here today. Then I tried swallowing again and was reminded of my strep throat. That's when I began to realize the similarities between me going to the doctor and me learning how to handle a classroom full of children.
I waited until the last minute
I can deal with congestion. I can deal with coughing. I have been
Above all else that you do in education, classroom management skills will pay greater dividends. I cannot tell you how much more teaching I actually get done now that I have learned how to get and keep children quiet. This one skill was the single thing that prevented me from being useful at all during my first two years as a teacher. This one skill was the single thing that allowed me to be supremely useful in my third year of teaching.
No matter what you do, do not underestimate the value of spending time learning and refining classroom management skills. No other educational endeavor will be as fruitful.
This guest post is by Jennifer Wilson, who is in her second year as a 2nd grade teacher. She blogs sporadically at her blogÂ Annecdotes.
My mom went back to school full-time when I started college, and we both graduated last year with degrees in Elementary Education.
Despite having 5 years of experience as a special needs paraprofessional and a teaching degree with a high GPA, my mom was stuck substitute teaching last fall. She then switched to a paraprofessional position before finally getting a maternity leave spot. Unfortunately, she'll be on the job hunt again for this fall.
Meanwhile, I found a teaching position as an Interventionist. I was still compensated as a teacher, but I helped to run a Lead Teacher's classroom
I am a first year teacher struggling with classroom management at the elementary school level. I have some logistical challenges because I don't have my own classroom and travel between classes and schools with a cart. I also have almost 300 different students I see every week. But mostly my problem is that I don't like to humiliate children and make them feel bad, which seems to be what most classroom management looks like. Of course a child feels embarrassed if you administer some kind of punishment to him or her in front of the whole class. But it seems like if I don't do that, the kids will walk all over me and I will quit (sooner rather
Okay okay. So I'm a band director. Why would anyone listen to me anyway. I'm just an elective teacher. My friend JD2718 emailed me and told me about some stuff that he does in his math class. So even if you ignore my advice about classroom management, maybe some of his advice about keeping students engaged will apply to you. Hop on over and check out Teaching off topic 3. By the way, I have ADD so my kids know that if they ask me a question about my dogs or what I did over the weekend or pretty much anything else, I'll get off topic. But even when I do stay focused, I find ways to bring some off-topic
When I began turning my band around during my second year, I received some of the best advice ever from one of my former band directors. He noted that he had observed three Rehearsal Skills that were lacking in most bad bands. These same three Rehearsal Skills are present in most great bands. The three skills are: Do not turn and talk to your neighbor when you are not playing. This eliminates the "but we were talking about the music" part of the "DO NOT TALK" equation. Sit still and quiet when the band director is working with another section. I don't have any idea how many times kids got up without asking to during my first two years.
I am a huge fan of simplicity. For that matter, I love the idea of having no classroom rules. However, I know some people don't operate that way.
Great teachers can be found in both camps. But whether or not we feel it necessary to tie our students down with rules, the greatest commonality between all great teachers is that they have clear, concise, and comprehensive expectations for their students and they communicate them in such a way that every student is aware of what is right and wrong.
My school has a list of something like 12 school-wide classroom rules. That is way overboard for me, but I dutifully posted them on the wall in the classroom as I've been told