As any experienced teacher knows, there is more to managing a classroom than simply standing in front of students and telling them what they will be learning on that particular day. These teachers know that good classroom management starts with organization and communication. These five quick, simple tips can help you organize and manager your classroom more efficiently and effectively.
Organization, guidelines and communication
- Establish expectations: At the beginning of the year, establish a set of classroom rules and norms. When this is outlined clearly, standards are set and students know how they should behave during the school day.
- Organize a place to learn: The first step toward a well-managed classroom is having an organized place for students to learn. Organization helps students develop a routine, which ultimately can make them more successful throughout the school year. At the end of each year, teachers should evaluate how their organizational system worked and make adjustments as necessary for the next school year.
- Pre-plan your activities: Lesson plans should be created ahead of time, and should be designed to accommodate a variety of different learning styles. Each lesson plan should be crafted carefully to accommodate every student in the class.
- Participation is key to growth: Teachers should participate in professional learning groups to help them continue to grow as educators. These groups allow teachers to share classroom management ideas and techniques.
- Communicate clearly and regularly: Effective communication is essential to keeping a classroom functioning. Frequent conversations and meetings should occur with other teachers, as well as with school administrators. Teachers also need to communicate with the parents of their students in order to be sure educational goals are being met at home.
Managing a well-run classroom is not an easy task. It is important that a classroom is run well because consistency is often a key to a student’s success during the school year. Effective classroom management requires planning, organization and analysis skills, but it is worth it in the end when the teacher knows that the school year has gone well.
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