Tips For Managing Your Elementary Classroom
Feb 24, 2009 Classroom Management 5052 Views
Are you a teacher who feels at her wit's end? Do you feel out of control in your classroom? Do you feel as if your student's don't listen? Well, you've got to learn effective managerial skills. I'll be honest with you, managing an elementary classroom isn't an easy task. Often times it requires lots of patience and energy. It also requires an organized classroom. A well organized classroom in which students respect and listen to their teacher can practically run the class itself. In this article, I'll provide you with tips for managing your elementary classroom.
Get organized. The files, supplies and forms should be labeled and easily found, and you should have a system where you can easily identify and find student records. At the end of the first day be sure to have a seating chart that way you can more easily identify your students. Most importantly, plan your entire lesson for each day in advance. You must know what curriculum the students need to learn and what dates exams are. Lesson plans are needed for the subject you teach and you should plan out fun activities and have special needs resources. This will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed with managing an elementary classroom.
Establish classroom rules and policies. It's important to establish some classroom rules and policies. During the first week of school you should ask your students to suggest class rules. This will get them to understand why they are in place. Then you can pass a handout itemizing all the rules and also have something in the classroom with them as well. Note: This is also a good time to go over district rules.
Demonstrate that you mean business. And finally, go ahead and explain the organization of the class to your students. Show them that you mean business. For instance, explain about respecting others, putting away their belongings, and other rules as well. Be sure to give them rewards for following rules and also to administer appropriate punishments for misbehavior. By doing this, you'll demonstrate that you are in "control" and not your students.
Managing an elementary classroom can be aggravating and stressful at times. Always have consequences planned out before the bad behavior happens. That way these routines can be followed and there are no surprises for students. If you do have a problem student you can always set up a parent-teacher conference to better raise the issues and constructively solve problems.
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