Saturday, February 13, 2010

Classroom Management

I have collected some links this week to help teachers with classroom management. When it comes to managing students at school, everyone has their own individual style. It is not something that happens overnight. It takes years to develop the skills to handle most everyday situations at school. My suggestion to any young teachers starting out, is to realise you are a beginner and talk to the most experienced teachers on staff and ask them what they do or ask for advice about problems you may be experiencing with students. But don't take all their advice as gospel. Their strategies may not suit you or your class. I found that each year I had to change my strategies depending on the composition of the class. I also found out the hard way that some strategies don't work for all kids. Getting to know your kids really well at the beginning of the year and establishing a good relationship with them is the first place to start. One thing I try to do is catch kids being good. A simple reward system where you allocate "Free Time" reward points when you see students working well can help most of the time. Put a poster up where the kids can reach it with pockets next to their name. Give them reward cards to put in their sleeve. They can redeem it at any time of the day (within reason) and do the activity of their choice. They can even invite a friend if they have enough points. Vary this idea to suit your style and ideas. For a few years I had students who just refused to bring in homework. I set up a lucky dip bag and let them pick something from the bag each week if they completed their homework to a reasonable standard. It probably cost me $200 for the whole year (a tax deduction) but saved lot of grief. Everyone did their homework.

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