This is part 4 of our four part Back to School Series! We will be talking about how to master your classroom management and kickstart the school year. We even have a FREE Growth Mindset resource for you that is perfect for that first week.
This series has been all about how to get your school year started on the right foot.
As another academic year begins, teachers across the globe are gearing up to create a positive and conducive learning environment for their students. The first few weeks of the school year are crucial for setting the tone and expectations for the entire year.
Effective classroom management during this period lays the foundation for a productive and engaging learning experience. In this blog post, we’ll explore how mastering your classroom management can help you kickstart the new year with confidence and success.
Write a Class Mission Statement
The key to mastering your classroom management starts with a unified class with a positive culture. One way we love to do this is by creating a class mission statement. We ask our students for their help in creating our mission statement by finishing these three sentences:
1) This year we will come to school ready to…
2) We will accomplish this by…
3) This will be a classroom where we will…
After collecting their responses, we compile their answers into our mission statement. We have everyone sign around the edges and display it in our classroom. You could even have your students read it every morning to start the day with unity.
Foster a Growth Mindset
Encourage a growth mindset in your classroom by celebrating effort, perseverance, and improvement. Teach students that making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process and that they can learn and grow from setbacks. A growth mindset nurtures resilience and a willingness to take on challenges, leading to a more engaged and proactive classroom environment.
This motivational weekly quote journal will inspire your students to grow their growth mindset. They will think critically and respond to a positive quote each week. Students will practice applying the truth in their own lives while developing positive character traits.
You can try a week of this journal for free by clicking here!
Manage Transitions Effectively
Transitions can be challenging for students as they shift focus from one activity to another. Implement strategies to manage transitions smoothly, such as using timers, giving clear instructions, and providing transition cues. Minimizing disruptions during transitions helps maintain focus and momentum in the learning process.
One of our favorite transitions strategies is called, “Transition Tallies.” For every transition opportunity, we have a baseline time of how long it takes for the entire class to transition. We record the time and the next time a transition happens, they try to beat the recorded time. If they beat it, the class earns a tally. At the end of the week we allow the class to cash in their tallies for a set award, or free time.
Utilize Classroom Seating Arrangements Strategically
The seating arrangement in your classroom can significantly impact the learning environment. Perhaps the biggest improvement in our classroom management came after implementing flexible seating into our classroom.
Flexible seating can contribute positively to classroom management by fostering student responsibility, engagement, collaboration, and a positive learning environment. It encourages movement and provides opportunities for individualized support while promoting smooth transitions and reducing clutter. By incorporating flexible seating, teachers can create a well-managed and dynamic classroom that supports student learning and well-being.
Consistency is Key
Have you ever heard that saying, “Don’t smile until at least December!” ? Many people think the only way to have good classroom management is to be strict and authoritative. We think that it’s more important to be consistent than strict.
Consistency is a critical factor in improving classroom management. When teachers maintain consistency in their actions, expectations, and responses, it creates a stable and predictable learning environment that fosters student engagement, behavior, and overall success.
Effective classroom management is the backbone of a successful school year. By setting clear expectations, building positive relationships, and implementing consistent routines, teachers can create a conducive learning environment where students feel respected, engaged, and motivated to learn. Remember that each classroom is unique, and it’s essential to adapt your strategies based on your students’ needs and personalities. With these classroom management tips in mind, you’re well on your way to a rewarding and fulfilling academic year. Happy teaching!