My Classroom Management Strategies

These are a few strategies that I use on a daily basis to for classroom management. If you are looking for some tips to manage your classroom check them out:

Keep Consequences Small and Consistent

When a rule is broken, assign a small consequence first to see if that works, don't use the big consequences for the little things! Also, it is important to be consistent. If you say you are going to do something, you need to stick to your word and do it.

Rehearse Transitions

I have found that transitions can be one of the most difficult (and loudest) times during the day. Rehearsing them ensures they will get done the correct way, in a timely manner.

3 Positives, 1 Negative

For every "negative" comment you make (i.e.: Stay in line, turn around, sit in your chair properly), try to make 3 positives to follow (i.e.: awesome shoes, thank you for being on task, great job on the coloring). This rule of thumb has helped me with a few of the challenging students who just want attention either way. They have come to realize that they too can receive a positive comment, even on their worst days.

Running Errands

We all have that one student that just can't sit still! They love to be running around, and sometimes just can't focus. For those students, I have them run my errands (or even when I have nothing for them, I still send them out). If I need something sent to the office, I send them to take it. If I have nothing to send up, but it is clear they need a break, I give them a note to take to a teacher on the other side of campus (that teacher is aware of the situation). They give the note to the teacher, and come back to class. This allows them to get some fresh air, stand up, and move for a quick break.

Circulate, Circulate, Circulate!

I know that by the end of the day you are tired, your feet hurt, and you want to sit down! Trust me it is ok to do so, however...I have found that when I am constantly circulating the room (as much as possible)...the side conversations are at a minimum! Majority of students stay focused, ask questions, and are on task when I am walking around the classroom.

What is a strategy you use? Comment below so i can try it too!