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How do you teach classroom management to teachers when they may be inefficient?

Apr 4, 2014 2:22pm

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    • Apr 7, 2014 7:49pm

      I am a first year teacher, and sometimes I think I am the person that you are describing! First, I would encourage you, as an adminstrator, to visit their classroom frequently. Not only to observe the teacher, but also to be visible to the students. My adminstration visits my classroom several times per month, and believe it or not, this has helped. It has made me feel like I have their support. From time to time they have offered suggestions on how to better manage the classroom. Second, allow the teacher to observe other teachers who teach the same class. We use a mentor system that pairs older teachers with new teachers, and are given opportunities to observe each other's class and exchange ideas. Also, encourage collaboration among teachers during faculty or department meetings. Often, just given the time to talk about certain issues that I am having, and knowing that experienced teachers go through the same struggles that I am helps. I guess the main things are: give them time, expect them to try and fail and try again, and COMMUNICATION (between the teacher and their colleagues and adminstration.

      • Apr 10, 2014 12:16pm

        Another great book is Lost in School by Ross Greene. He discusses how discipline problems are usually a result of a lack of executive functioning skills. If teachers can address the gap in skills, they can often reduce threats and distractions in the classroom tremendously.

        • Apr 19, 2014 3:48pm

          I believe much of classroom management issues come about when students do not know what they should be doing. The first step is to over plan. Make sure there are lots of things for the students to be doing and that they know what they should do if they finish early. I also recommend having the agenda written out every day. Of course this will not get rid of all classroom management problems. My second recommendation is to treat the students with respect. When my students are acting out I take them aside and ask them why. This usually leads to less acting out and a better classroom climate.

          • Apr 5, 2014 9:07am

            Enlist a small group- 3 or 4, teachers to visit other classrooms---with the classroom teachers' advanced consent.

            Then meet and discuss strategies you liked-- no criticism of colleagues. This leads to cohert sharing as well.
            And models a variety of successful practices. Works well in our school or all types of insight/training.

            • Apr 5, 2014 9:23am

              If you are working with young learners divide them into small groups and give them table points, assign various responsibilities,group activities and peer learning helps a lot