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How you begin your class helps you manage the rest of your lesson. Without clear expectations, you might notice students taking over your learning environment by 1. beginning warm up assignments when they feel like it, 2. engaging in conversations that don't pertain to your class, or 3. constantly moving throughout your room for no apparent reason. If any of these descriptions fit your circumstances, it's time to revisit your management strategies to regain the respect your learning environment deserves without losing your voice from the repeated mandate, "Stop talking and do your work!"
"Throughout the year evaluate how things are going. If you notice any chaos, chances are that there is not a procedure for that activity. Create one right away," elementary teacher Laurie Patsalides said in a blog on http://www.brighthub.com/.
Successful classroom management can be achieved when students understand the "house rules" for the environment. Following the rules shouldn't be a chore, but an expectation for everyone, including the teacher.
Shertonne Whiting, art teacher at Friendship Collegiate Academy, believes that consistency is the key to giving students a great start and helps them to remain on task throughout a lesson. Not only does she make it a point to maintain the routines and procedures in her class, her students are well aware of their importance as well.
"We need consistency simply because we need to get things done. Students don’t learn anything when teachers aren’t consistent. Teachers have to keep a regular pattern or students will begin to easily give up. If a teacher is consistent in encouraging students to do their work, they will work hard,” Collegiate senior T’Keyah Lyde said.
It's never too late to start anew. During your planning, look at what's in place and implement new ways to help you manage the day. Your students will thank you later.
Click on the video below to see some of Ms. Whiting's established policies. For additional tips and resources check out the online links below.