Hi, friends! Today I am happy to announce that I'll be having a new, 5-part series on classroom management. Classroom management is tricky and doesn't come easy for everyone. To some, it comes naturally right away. For others, it may take years. Wherever you fall on the classroom management scale, know that it's OK! Seeking advice from others is a step in the right direction if you are a new teacher or a veteran wanting to strengthen your current system.
Part 1 of my series is all about procedures. I can not STRESS ENOUGH the importance of teaching those "silly procedures" at the beginning of the year. Not doing so is setting yourself up for failure. With state mandates, standards, and testing, it's easy to want to "get to the curriculum" right off the bat. I will tell you that the curriculum will not go smoothly if you do not have a well-managed classroom FIRST. Starting the year off right will set the stage for the entire year. All you will have to do is review throughout the year as needed. Below is a list of common procedures that are frequently taught at the beginning of the year.
There are several important steps that come along with teaching procedures. Step 1 is "Explain." This is where you will do the "direct teaching" if you will and explain what procedure you're going to teach your students and why it's important to them.
Step 2 is "Model." This is where you will model the procedure you've just explained. As mentioned in the slide below, modeling the procedure correctly and incorrectly is key.
Step 3 is "Practice." This is where the students will have the opportunity to show the class what to do. All kids love this part!
Step 4 is "Review." This step comes on an as-needed basis. Remember that once you've taught a procedure, you'll want to cycle back and review it. You may notice that some procedures need reviewed throughout the year, particularly after long breaks off of school. Don't let incorrect procedures slip; follow through by reviewing/modeling/practicing again. Get the situation under control before moving on to your lesson.
With these 4 steps comes one important word: CONSISTENCY!!!!!!!!!! As mentioned above, do not let things slip. Once you've set the expectation, accept no less from your students. Running a tight ship is pertinent for a successful year. Remember that you are not your students' friend. Your job is to love them, teach them, and prepare them for the next grade level. They will respect you more if you are firm and set boundaries. Keep your eyes out for part 2: Building Rapport!
***If you would like the slides above in a printable, click HERE.***
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