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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Using Classroom Management Techniques

Are you ready to start your school year?

Do you use Classroom Management Techniques effectively?

Would you like some tips to help maintain your classroom behavior?

This blog post is part of a blog series "6 Things GREAT Teachers Do" that will share teacher tips for managing your classroom behavior. With practical tips and techniques that have been used in the classroom, this will be a helpful series for any teacher looking to effectively manage classroom behaviors.

Using Classroom Management Techniques

1. Classroom Guidelines

When preparing for the year it may be overwhelming to think about what you want your classroom rules to be. Setting up the classroom guidelines for success is important to getting your students and parents on the same page. Make sure to include in your syllabus to parents how you would like to be contacted and your email policy. A professional and respectable email response for a teacher is 48 hours. 

There are a lot of policies and procedures that need to be accounted for. How to grade homework, tests, classwork, late work, and projects. What happens if a student is absent for two weeks of the school year for a vacation or medical illness. What do you want students to show on their homework? How are they supposed to label their papers to receive credit? There are many things you can put in writing in the syllabus to give students a successful year in your class.

2. Clean up Policy

Having the students help clean up your room is so helpful. Start good habits at the beginning of the school year by using a timer to clean up after a project or activity. Fun things in the classroom aren't always clean. Have students help you and the janitor by being responsible for their desk and room. The rule of not leaving until the room is clean and tidy is essential. Ask students to pick up all the trash around them. Do a perimeter check, then allow the students to line up at the door or dismiss them from their seats when the room is clean. Setting the example early and often is the key to keeping a clean and tidy space for learning. 

No trash on the floor.

3. Being prepared for a Substitute Teacher

It's never too early to start being prepared for a substitute teacher in your classroom. Set up a lesson plan that is ready to go on a moment's notice. Have a substitute folder readily available for your team mates or principal. You will be thankful it's already prepared before an emergency happens. 

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Happy Teaching!