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When it comes to managing students, I always try to remain calm no matter the situation (try is the key word). I find this really provides order. In addition, I usually only provide positive reinforcement and concentrate on who is doing what well. For instance, if students are not behaving, I'll stop what I am doing and talk to the misbehaving students and point out the great things that other students are doing. I have learned that students are very competitive. If you point out something that another student is doing well and they are not doing it, more times than not they will try to replicate that in order to show you, the teacher, and their classmates they are just capable.
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Randy Friedland
Answered one year ago

Read Teach Like a Champion..it is good for all grades.  

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Kelly Christensen
Answered one year ago

Create a list of how you want everything to "look like" and run and then make a table and have "teacher does", "student does", and teach explicitly! Also create a catchy call and response for your class. It will get them excited about getting engaged back to you. I also always use the stand on 1, move on 2, sit on 3 direction and it really increases the time on task and engagement aspect.
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Melissa Oliver
Answered one year ago

Organised looseness? My classroom management is based almost entirely around the first minute of my lesson. I meet them at the door, have a chat with them on the way in and pick up little issues here, so I have little to do when I want to teach. Then just remembering to do the basics - thank kids when they meet my expectations, tell them when they exceed them. I'm reluctant to put ""make it fun"" but if my lessons is planned right, has something to hook kids in and gives them a challenge, classroom management is far less of an issue.
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Ryan OGrady
Answered one year ago

My management style involves calmness and honesty. I make the stakes of the class clear to students, that history has direct ethical and political consequences. I try to eliminate myself from the picture and make it all about what we are studying.
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Gregory Woodward
Answered one year ago

Very clear expectations and strict enforcement of the rules. To be fair is to be consistent.
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Christopher Cullen
Answered one year ago

I clearly outline my expectations on day one and try my best not to waiver. Structure and consistency are my best friends, but at the same time I adapt and modify things that aren't working out. Being flexible is important. Organization and clear lessons make management a lot easier.
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David Kujawski
Answered one year ago

I normally have a number of strategies that work for me.  First, I catch the students who are doing good and verbally praise them.  Second, I would throw out small things that I know the kids love to the students who are exhibiting appropriate behavior and who are staying on task.  Finally, I would stop teaching and just stand silently until one student shouts "Shut up!! She's waiting!!" This works every time.  I also found that one student always support me and acts as class monitor to control the other students. 

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Andrea Kellman
Answered one year ago

We go over the rules, almost daily the 1st week. I emphasize how important manners are and reward positive behavior.
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maxine James
Answered one year ago

I subscribe to the methods of Fred Jones in Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation    http://www.fredjones.com 

Some of his best ideas include structuring "Preferred Activity Time" to reduce wasted time during instructional transitions, and "Visual Instruction Plans" (VIP) to reduce the attack of the "helpless handraisers". 

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Garry Joseph
Answered 2 months ago

Have a warning system of escalating interventions which match the issue, you know your administration can support and that make sense to parents who might feel defensive when the student tells them you are picking on them!

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Melissa D
Answered 3 months ago

I use CHAMPS from Randy Sprick's Safe and Civil Schools... love it!!!

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Lindsay Littrell
Answered 8 months ago

I have various strategies that I use for classroom management, but formost is engaging material and activities.

Outside of that, I typically choose two students a day to be "scouts".  These students are responsible for looking out during a lesson for classmates who are demonstrating respect or modeling good decision making.  Periodically, I check in with scouts and they acknowledge students that they have seen and explain what they saw and why they think they should be recognized.  It is a quick way to give praise for students for being on task, and it doesn't have to come from me.  Sometimes it is even better for them to hear it coming from their peers.

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Mary-Clare Neal
Answered one year ago

I know that it sounds very cliche, but I think keeping every student actively engaged is the key to classroom management.  The majority of the time (not always) when a student "acts up" it is because they are "lost" in class.  Carefully planned activites that  have entry points for every student can go a long way to keeping every student engaged and positively contributing to class.

 

Of course, all the other ideas are important too.  Make your expectations clear and NEVER say anything that you are not 100% ready to enforce and reinforce.

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Jayne Wingate
Answered one year ago

I outline my classroom procedures and expectations from day one. I might have to remind them a time or two but my kids know the procedures and expectations.
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deshanna currie
Answered one year ago

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