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Classroom Management

Classroom management can be the most trying aspect of any new teacher's first weeks. Maintaining student interest and respect while providing good teaching is a challenge for seasoned pros and it can be really tough for beginning teachers.


The following sections on managing classroom behavior and learning can help you to get things off to a good start...





Successful managers of student behavior do the following:


1.  Before the beginning of the school year, carefully consider the guidelines needed to promote positive student behaviors;


2.   Establish three to five overarching rules by which students can be guided to develop positive behaviors State them clearly.  

  • Make them short and easy to memorize.

  • State them positively.

  • Get a commitment (show of hands, vote, contract, bulletin board display). 

3.  Teach each rule (share expectations) and its positive and negative consequences;


4.  Discuss, teach, and reinforce the rules until students regularly demonstrate the expected behaviors;


5.  Review the rules when necessary over the course of the school year or when individual students are disruptive;


6. Modify rules that aren't working;


7. Organize daily routines that enable school-related activities to proceed safely, smoothly, and effectively;


8. Include students in the performance of daily routines by giving them tasks and responsibilities;


9. Praise students for abiding by the rules and procedures;


10.  Provide corrective feedback to students who do not follow the rules and procedures;


11.  Document behavior problems and record actions taken to use for discussions with school administrators, parents, or other school staff;


12.  Model the behavior expected from students:

  • Be the kind of person children like and trust; be firm, fair, friendly, courteous, enthusiastic, confident; keep your sense of humor!