Without classroom management even the best designed lesson and most engaging tasks will be useless. Classroom management is the foundation of teaching, without it chaos can rule. When classroom structures are in place everyone can thrive including the teacher. Significant research has found classroom management has the largest effect on student achievement (Marzano, 2013).
Before students even enter the classroom, management begins. From the way students file into the class, to the placement of student belongings, expectations and the tone are being set and internalized by the students.
So what’s a new teacher to do on the first day of school. Here are my top ten tips for new teachers:
1. Greet students at the door. Shake their hand and ask their name.
2. Set clearly designated areas in your classroom for students to place their belongings, turn in homework and get materials.
3. Create a syllabus of your classroom assignments and expectations (this is especially important for middle and high school). Be sure you review this with your students and have parents sign and return.
5. When issues arise address them immediately.
6. Be consistent in your policies and expectations.
7. Establish hand signals and cues to get students attention.
8. Write your agenda on the board everyday.
9. Be fair and firm.
10. Don’t let them see you sweat until summer time. 🙂 Always keep you cool and stay positive.