I Want to Get Better at… Classroom Management

Summer 2017 - I want to get better at...

Does anyone not want to get better at classroom management? Even the most experienced teachers can find ways to make their classrooms more welcoming and productive places. But for new teachers, classroom management can feel make it or break it.

If you’ve had a rough year, congratulations on getting through it!

This summer, let’s settle in and learn how to get better at classroom management.

Start with these resources:

New Teacher Survival Guide

Our popular “New Teacher Survival Guide” series contains a great video on classroom management. In it, watch a new teacher use seven tips to change her classroom. Think about which tips you might want to adapt for use in yours.

Setting & Achieving High Expectations

It’s hard to have strong classroom management without a clear vision for how you’d like your classroom to be. This summer, take some time to brainstorm the expectations you’d like to hold your students to. Gain inspiration from this video on setting and achieving high expectations.

Pinterest

Pinterest has it all, right?! If you’re looking for quick tips and tricks that you can take back to your classroom, head on over to our Classroom Management board. Learn ways to get students’ attention, tips for getting a chatty class to quiet down, ideas for positive notes to send home, and more.

Watch Videos

Sometimes the most helpful way to improve is by watching other teachers in action. Head over to our videos that focus on behavior and learn from seeing teachers’ tried-and-true strategies for helping their classrooms run smoothly.

Focus on Class Culture

Experienced teachers will tell you that the best way to have strong classroom management is by building a positive classroom culture. If students feel welcome, respected, and engaged in your classroom, they will be easier to manage. Our Deep Dive has all the resources you need to think about creating a positive classroom culture.

Think About the First Six Weeks of School

How you start off the school year sets the tone for the rest of the year. This summer, take some time to think about how you will build culture with your new students. The book The First Six Weeks of School from Responsive Classroom outlines a great approach and lots of effective ideas.

What are your favorite classroom management tips and tricks? Share them below or head over to Q&A so we can all learn together.

Lily Jones taught K/1 for seven years in Northern California. She has experience as a curriculum developer, instructional coach, teacher trainer, and is also a contributing writer for Teaching Channel.

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