Trick or Treat: Classroom Management

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Believe it or not, October is not only the month full of colorful leaves and crisp cool weather but it is also a month when the gremlins truly come out in the classroom.  Discipline data indicates that it is during this month discipline referrals begin to spike.  Do you wonder why?  The honeymoon period of “getting to know you” is over, curriculum is becoming harder, and day-to-day routines have become just that— routine. Below are a few suggestions that may help the classroom teacher keep student engagement optimal and discipline referrals at a minimum.

The term, classroom management, refers to the procedures, strategies, and instructional techniques teachers use to manage student behavior and learning activities. Effective classroom management creates an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.  Effective classroom management is the most important — and the most difficult — skill a new teacher has to master.

Teachers, Start Your Engines: Management Tips from the Pit Crew
Who said classroom management has to be boring? The link above offers 20 successful classroom management strategies  to  keep your classroom running smoothly throughout the entire year.

Creating a Climate for Learning: Effective Classroom Management Techniques
According to Fred Jones’s Positive Classroom Discipline, “The most widespread management technique at home and in the classroom is nag, nag, nag.” It’s also probably the least effective.  The article linked offers suggestions to have a more positive impact on establishing a positive classroom environment for learning.

TONS of Tips! — Six Great ‘Teacher Tips’ Sites on the Web
 On this link there are hundreds of practical classroom management tips — tried and tested solutions from teachers willing to share. So sit back, get ready for a sampling of tips from these sites. Take time to explore the sites in  depth to find tips to motivate  students, organize the classroom, and much, much more.

The Secret’s in the Little Things: Simple Tips for Successful Teachers
These twelve quick tips can help make managing a classroom a breeze.

I hope these resources are a “treat” that helps to advoid the  behavior gremlins that sometimes appear.


Rosemary Manges

Rosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the public school classroom, administration, preparing pre-service teachers at the college level to development of policy at TEA. She is in her 10th year at Region 10.

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