YEA! Many of you have survived the first month or first few weeks of school. You have set some rules in place, so that your classroom can run smoothly. Maybe you were that teacher that went the extra mile in allowing the students to create the classroom rules and consequences. At the end of the day you can cross that piece off your checklist and breathe.
However, some unexpected thing happened and you don’t have a rule for it or you are not being consistent in sticking to the rules or following through with the consequences that were established in the classroom. A lack of consistency can confused the students and lead to a chaotic situation inside the classroom. You definitely don’t want your principal to walk into a zoo and see that your class is totally out of control. There goes your evaluation. Yikes!
Well, no worries, Reading 4 Our Future to the rescue. Here are three tips we want you to keep in mind when managing your classroom.
LEAD. Lead by example. Do as I said and not as I do is not a great example of managing a classroom. Your students are watching you in and out of the classroom that includes shopping centers. Yep! You might run into your students at the grocery story in the check out lane, so be careful how you speak to the cashier.
PRACTICE. Practice makes perfect. If the rules are set be consistent and follow through on the consequences. Make sure to go over the rules. You can have the students role play each of the rules and consequences. It will allow for a more hands-on approach
ENGAGE. Allow the students an opportunity to take responsibility of their action by signing an agreement or contract with you and parent. This is a great teachable moment in teaching accountability. This also helps everyone to be on the same page. This will leave no room for misunderstanding when consequences are given out.
Hopefully these three simple tips will help you manage your classroom effectively. A friendly reminder, keep your rules to a maximum of 5 because any more than that and your students will feel as if they are in bootcamp versus a learning environment.
Happy Classroom Management