New Teacher Survival Tips - How to Reinforce Procedures
Oct 20, 2008 Classroom Management 2981 Views
An effective classroom organization plan means utilizing classroom management techniques all throughout the lesson in order to maintain a consistent learning atmosphere. Such techniques involve focusing on the whole class, rather than on individual students and their behavior.
It is crucial that teachers focus on those specific procedures that enforce his or her role as a manager.
To recap, procedures are classroom methods new and seasoned teachers use to accomplish daily routines and other specific activities. They usually apply to a specific activity.
Some examples of classroom procedures:
Procedures for admiting late students
Procedures for greeting and seating students
Procedures for collecting and reviewing homework
Procedures for leaving the class for bathroom, speaking to another teacher, sports practice, etc.
Procedures for handing in late assignments
Content Based Procedures - Beginning the Lesson
Once the teacher has acquired control of the class, she or he is ready to teach new material. Some useful techniques include writing the lesson agenda on the board during the first five minutes of the lesson and discussing it. Once the students are on-task, more menial routine procedures can be done quietly, such as checking the roster.
Procedures for Maintaining On-Task Behavior
The blackboard (or whiteboard) should have all the components of the lesson, including the times and activities for each learning group. When the students have completed the tasks, the teacher can check them off and move on to the next part of the lesson.
Teaching is largely a mix of "ups" and "downs." During one lesson, they can work at a high level and another they go down and forget all the things a teacher has taught them. But this shouldn't cancel the actual classroom organization plan, which should be based on reviewing and reinforcing classroom procedures as consistently as possible.Once students get used to a teacher's classroom management system, a teacher can be more spontaneous and "surprise" them from time to time.