Classroom Management is Essential!
Hello teachers! As I’m sure you’re aware, effective classroom management can be the difference between a successful school year and a career change. My first year teaching was one of the most intense experiences of my life! I relied heavily on my experience as a soldier and police officer, but I still found myself feeling lost and unprepared to meet the needs of my students. Classroom management was a challenge, as I was in an underfunded, undersupplied emotional-support classroom with challenging students. (You can read about that HERE!)
I don’t want teachers to ever have to struggle the way I did that first year, which is why I am offering free classroom management strategies, taken directly from The Urban Educator’s Survival Guide, in hopes of offering you the support you need when times get tough. Just enter your email address in the box below, and you will immediately receive your first classroom management strategy on ways to improve not just your classroom management, but the overall educational experience. As mentioned in the Survival Guide, you will gain insight into the following strategies below:
Strategy 1: Arrange Your Room for Combat
Teaching can feel like a battlefield at times, and as educators our aim is to control every aspect of that battlefield. In this chapter, I review the importance of designing a layout that will direct students where you need them with minimal disruption to you, your lesson, or their classmates.
Strategy 2: Teaching Procedures
By teaching students how to do certain routine things, it takes away their need to disrupt your lesson to ask for help. Do you have a bathroom procedure? A way to get supplies? Go to the nurse? Designing procedures for your students can save you hours of instructional time throughout the year. In the UESG, I offer detailed examples and explanations on ways to implement this strategy.
Strategy 3: Get to Know Your Students
Getting to know your students can foster a bond of trust. If your students trust and respect you, they may be less likely to misbehave and will be more willing to take academic risks in your classrooms.
Strategy 4: Journals
Journaling is a great way to reinforce some of the procedures you have implemented. It is also a great way to get to know your students and allow them to find success in a daily assignment. When performed consistently and daily, this strategy can make a world of difference in your classroom.
Strategy 5: Classroom Kung Fu
Inspired by the principles of martial arts, Classroom Kung Fu refers to the fluidity of the art and not it’s brutal combat techniques. In the UESG, this chapter explains approaches that allow teachers to easily redirect student confrontations and disengagements without conflict. It takes the students energy of avoidance and turns it into energy of productivity and learning.
Strategy 6: Plan B, C, and D
Any teacher will tell you: Nothing goes as planned! It is important to have a back-up plan, and in this guide you will be given several easy-to-create suggestions to ensure that you will never be unprepared for that failed lesson or un-involved class. In short, prepare extra lessons, have a variety of activities, and always be ready to change gears when things seem to get stagnant.
Strategy 7: Unplug
You cannot take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself! Take time to unwind and do non-work things. Learn to relax. Exercise. Enjoy a hobby. Find a way to unwind and your stress will be much easier to manage.
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