Teaching and managing a classroom is not an easy task. Many of your efforts will pay off, while others will not prove to be as effective. Please know that
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Thousands of teachers have dealt with the same issues that
you face in the classroom. One of the best pieces of advice we can give you
is to SEEK HELP WHEN NEEDED! Don't be afraid to talk to a fellow colleague
about a problem you are experiencing with a student or group of students. Unfortunately,
we are sometimes under the impression that by asking for help we are showing
weakness. But, in reality, just the opposite holds true!
Try working through some of your more challenging situations by utilizing
a team approach. Seek help from principal of your school. You can also get
assistance from the parents/legal guardians of unruly students. There are several
steps we advise you to take when resolving these management issues.
- STEP 1 - What is the problem? What exactly is the child doing that makes
his/her behavior an issue? For example, "Haley needs to be better" is
not as effective in curbing misbehavior as, "Haley needs to keep her
hands and feet to herself during class." By being specific, the student
and whoever else is involved in this process will know exactly what is expected.
- STEP 2 - Record how often the problem is occurring and what steps are being
taken to resolve it. The following are two ideas of how to organize your
- Assemble a 3-ring notebook containing a page for every student
in your room.
When you notice a problem reoccurring, begin writing it down. Be sure to date
each entry. You may even want to have older students write the documentation
- Keep a recipe box full of 3x5 index cards on each student. Again,
write down the problems you are facing with a student on his/her card when
- STEP 3 - Use these records to decide how to best help the student.
If needed, his/her information could be shared during a parent/teacher conference.
Manage your classroom with CONFIDENCE knowing that
there are literally thousands out there who are cheering you on!
This concludes the 5-week course on classroom management. Thank you!
to FOCUS on Classroom Management
F - Focus Attention on You! - Week 1
O - Out and About in the Room - Week 2
C - Cuing Students: Verbal and Non-Verbal - Week 3
U - Use Praise Effectively; Use Rewards Selectively - Week 4
S - Seek Help When Needed - Week 5
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