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Classroom Management 101

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.

4. Get to know your students with an icebreaker and have them write an autobiography to find out their culture and learning style.

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.

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About Dr. Dickenson

I am an assistant professor of Teacher Education at National University in San Jose.

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3 thoughts on “Classroom Management 101

  1. I think that these “Top 10” all have one thing in common and that would be consistency. I think that all students, regardless of grade level thrive in a structured environment where they have consistency in daily routines. Most of my experience is with the primary grade levels and I know that they truly need consistency. I think that a major issue facing new teachers is their ability to be firm and consistent. Often, new teachers seem intimidated by their new students. I’ve noticed that in these situations, if teachers don’t take control early on in the school year, it is much more difficult to “retrain” students later in the year. Also, I think that substitute teaching really helps when learning about classroom management. Entering different classrooms almost daily, aspiring teachers have the opportunity to see the different management strategies established teachers use. I have spent many years volunteering in different classrooms and have worked in recreation for more than five years and I think that this exposure has really taught me a lot. If I had not observed different and talented educators, I don’t think I would be capable of managing a class nearly as successfully.

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    Posted by Jamie Phillips | September 29, 2015, 12:46 am
  2. Classroom management is one of the most important aspects of being a teacher. Students should have the right to learn as they enter the classroom and follow the rules. If others don’t respect the rules and act out, it keeps the learning to a minimum. I think that teachers need to be proactive about rules and policies that they expect students to follow on Day 1, and work everyday to make sure those policies are carried out. My son is in a fifth grade class with a teacher that truly knows how to manage her class. If a student starts to act up, so merely has to look up from her desk and stay stop. There are no warnings. She really demands the respect from the students and they know to behave. I hope that I can achieve that respect, for both myself, and other students.

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    Posted by Kristine Clevenger | September 29, 2015, 1:58 pm
  3. The best advice I received before beginning my PE coaching job was to start the year firm, as you can always ease up, but if you start the year inconsistent and loose, it is much tougher to have a firm grasp on the class. I believe many of this Top Ten list addresses that exact point. If you begin the year with clear expectations, boundaries, and agendas, then students will know what to do and what happens if rules aren’t followed. Having students participate in an icebreaker is almost one hundred percent necessary. There is so much angst on the first day of school, giving the students an opportunity to find similarities between themselves and other students can really benefit the class as a whole by making it more settled with greater time for learning. This Top Ten list is incredibly helpful! One thing I would ask is to see an example of what a syllabus would look like for a first grade class? If you would even use a syllabus or possibly some alternative?

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    Posted by Nicholas Field | October 7, 2015, 5:40 pm

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