The second half of the school year is already well under way and if you’re anything like me, it’s time to think about the three R’s. Reflecting, revamping, and reining in all that could use a little attention in your classroom.
The middle of the year is the perfect time to think about what has worked so far and what has not. With some planning and preparation, you can make the remaining months of the school year successful. Here are three kid-tested, teacher-approved classroom management tips to get you by.
1.) Revisit Your Expectations and Procedures
I can’t stress this enough and it is so easy to take this idea for granted! Sure, your students have heard your expectations and procedures since the start of the school year BUT children can often get complacent with these. Set aside the time to have a review during your morning meeting, write a friendly reminder note to your students’ parents so they can be talking about these things at home, and of course MODEL, MODEL, MODEL! When we model expectations and act out the desired behaviors, we are painting a clear picture of exactly what we want to see from our students.
2.) Reorganize Your Classroom Seating
If you haven’t changed your students’ seats since the beginning of the school year, then now is probably the time. The great thing to remember is that you can be flexible with this. Take time to consider if you want to group your students by ability, by gender, or maybe just by personality? What if this doesn’t work you ask? Let the changes ride the rest of the week and then start fresh again on Monday with a new arrangement. I recently did this with my Kinders and it was so neat to see new working relationships forming amongst my students.
3.) Reevaluate Your Current Management System
Mid-year is also a great time to make minor adjustments to your management system. Consider adding some new and fun incentives – sticker charts, punch cards, or even a treat box are great and fairly easy things to implement! Another thing that might need some refreshing are the consequences that you have in place for your students. If you’ve read my other posts, you already know that I am a big supporter of alternatives to classroom clip charts. With that said, I have recently gone over our five classroom expectations once again with my students and revisited the consequences that could follow if a expectation was not honored. It is and has been important to me that my students understand the idea of owning their actions.
I hope these tips have helped give you some ideas of things you might wish to implement in your own classroom and I would love to hear from you if you choose to try anything.
Until next time, keep influencing the world and stay positive!