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I’m going to be starting a new teaching position in 3 weeks. How do I gain classroom structure and management with students? They have been with a long term sub since the first day of school.

Nov 2, 2017 8:08pm

Third grade, poverty stricken area, reading challenges

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    • Nov 11, 2017 8:46am

      Hopefully your building/ classroom has a vision or code that they do everything by. For example, some schools have statements like: Be Safe; Be Respectful, etc. Think about hoe this might look, sound, feel in your new classroom & generate a list of POSITIVE behaviors linked to each statement. (do not accept any NOT statements, or model how to turn-it-around...Ex. don't accept: No yelling. Model how to change it to: Use quiet voices.)
      If there aren't statements, then perhaps start with a question like: How will we work together? Generate a list. (Ex. Let everyone have a turn talking. Line up quickly & quietly. etc.) Kids could do this work in groups.
      Once you get all the "rules" (not really), you boil them down to general statements. These must be acceptable to all students. (Common ones are Be safe. Be respectful. Be kind. Be responsible. etc.)

      I hope this helps.
      Look into PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Systems). Might be helpful.

      • Nov 11, 2017 10:02am

        I believe you start as you would at the beginning of the year. This is the beginning of a new section of the year for those students, and a new position for you. While you may have some students who state that things are different from how the long term substitute did things, you can simply reply that this is how things will be done from here on forward. I love Elleen's idea about keeping things positive as well.

        • Nov 13, 2017 8:39am

          Take the time, a few days or a week, to practice your procedures. Have everything spelled out such as when and how to line up, use pencil sharpener, get a tissue, turn in work, etc.
          I also use CHAMPS method for classroom behavior, you can find charts that explain the behaviors if you google it. :)

          • Nov 14, 2017 5:44am

            Read Harry Wong's book, The First Days of School. It will help with classroom structure and procedures. Also, find out the demographics of your classroom (ethnic backgrounds, family structures, and special needs) so that you can begin to form relationships with the staff in the building that can support you in those areas). Go easy on yourself, you are not going to have perfect behavior or management anytime soon. Find a mentor, ask for help and assign logical consequences with loving kindness. Punishing a whole class for anything is an immediate way of destroying trust. Read amazing books that reflect the children and come up with a system to communicate with the parents (class dojo, remind101, weekly notes or newsletter). You can do this!