Classroom management can seem very daunting, especially if you don’t have a proper plan in place.
If you are a new/first year teacher, it can seem almost impossible to figure out because you may not know where to start.
Even if you are a seasoned/veteran teacher, you may find yourself searching for new techniques because the kids of today just don’t respond as well to your established practices.
That is why I created a list of the most essential questions that should be answered related to classroom management!
Before we get started, the most essential step to creating a classroom management plan is to first establish your classroom management philosophy.
Ask yourself: What areas do you believe fall under classroom management?
You may wonder why this is even important. Well, sometimes we get so caught up in classroom rules and consequences that we forget that classroom management encompasses a multitude of different areas like organization, procedures, policies, systems etc.
Classroom management is the butter that keeps your classroom running smooth. There are a vast number of things that help in the running of your classroom outside of rules and consequences!
Check out my Classroom Management Philosophy below!
Rules & Consequences
1. How many rules will you have?
2. How many consequences will you have?
3. What technique(s) will you use to remain consistent in enforcing them?
Procedures, Policies & Systems:
Entering the Class
4. Where will you be when students enter the classroom?
5. What will you be doing as students enter the classroom?
6. How do you want students to enter the classroom?
7. What do you expect students to do once they enter the classroom (before the bell rings)?
During the Class
8. What will your procedure be when students are late? How will you ensure the procedure causes the least amount of class interruption?
9. What technique(s) will you use to get the attention of students? How do you want students to get your attention?
10. Do you want a procedure for students to leave their seat? (For example, only during non-instructional time.)
11. What will your cell phone policy be?
12. What system will you use for the distribution and collection of handouts?
13. What system will you use for students to turn in work?
14. When is the most opportune time(s) for handout distribution and collection as well as for turn ins? (For example, during periods of transition, at the beginning of class, etc?)
15. How will you handle student use of profanity?
16. What will you do to lessen class interruptions? (such as students asking for supplies, for make-up work, etc.)
17. What policy will you have for students borrowing supplies from you?
18. What system will be in place for students leaving the room to use the bathroom, get water, go to the office, to the nurse, to the counselor etc.? (How will you ensure this system causes the least amount of interruption to the class?)
19. What procedure or system will be in place for students who were absent and need make-up work?
(How will you ensure this procedure causes the least amount of interruption to the class?)
20. What will be your make-up work policy?
21. What tool will you use to keep track of incidents that happen in class?
22. What tool will you use to keep track of students if you give them detention?
23. What system will you use to organize information about your special education students?
(IEP’s, 504, any notable observations you make about their behavior, work and demeanor, accommodations given etc.)
24. What system/tools will you use to store extra copies of handouts?
Leaving the Class
25. How will students turn in their work?
26. Where will you store turned in work?
27. What are students expected to do/not do while waiting for the bell to ring to go to their next class?
28. What technique will you use to keep a record of parent contact for positive and negative behavior?
29. What system will you use to keep a record of who attends detention?
30. What will your policy be for students who miss detention without an excuse note?
31. What system will you have in place for coach class? (coach class days, keeping a record of attendees, etc.)
32. What will your policy be for students who skip your class? (be sure to check if your district/school has a policy on this as well as latenesses, make-up work and absences.)
33. What tools will you use to organize your classroom? (bins, supply centers, caddies, shelves, carts, etc.)
34. What is the most strategic way to set up your classroom? (students desks, teacher desk, workstation if applicable, etc.)
35. What essentials do you need to keep your desk organized?
36. How will you keep track of your daily lessons you teach for each class?
37. How will you keep track of important meetings? (school, department, team, parent/student conferences etc.)
38. Where will you store graded work?
39. What system will you have for returning graded work, ensuring for the least amount of interruption to the class?
40. What technique(s) will you use to ensure you remain consistent in enforcing your classroom rules, policies, procedures, systems and consequences?
Classroom Management encompasses many different areas. It is important to consider them all when trying to establish your classroom climate, procedures, polices and routines!
As you sit to go through each of these strategies, it may seem overwhelming. When I went to reflect on my own classroom management practices after five years of teaching, I too felt overwhelmed.
That’s why I created this awesome online course where I outline in detail the 5 Step Process that helped me to transform my classroom management and allowed me to create all the resources discussed in this article!
Take a sneak peek of what’s included!
This course is packed with value and teaches you step-by-step how to create your own classroom management plan! It also includes a course workbook filled with tasks so that you can take action and apply what you are learning in the course! It also includes resources mentioned in this article and more!:
- How to strategically reflect on your classroom management practices.
- Detailed steps on how to create your own classroom management philosophy.
- 40 Essential Classroom Management Questions and how to brainstorm your own!
- My 30+ page Classroom Management Plan and a template for you to use to create and structure your own!
- My own Classroom Routines & Procedures Checklist and a template for you to use to create your own!
- Course Workbook filled charts, templates, guides and more to help you implement and apply what you are learning in the course!
The 5 Step Process in this course has been able to help many teachers transform their classroom management practices. It’s teacher tested and approved!
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