veteran teacher, I have found that the key to successful classroom
management is a good sense of humor and a positive attitude. It can be
easy to fall into the rut of focusing on what a student isn't doing
correctly, but by focusing on the great things students are doing
correct, the entire classroom takes on a whole new dynamic. One of
collaboration and cooperation. In addition, it is very important
that a teacher foster a sense of community. Students need to know that
their teacher is their biggest advocate and cheerleader. By building
relationships with students, a teacher begins to see the whole child and
this can be the key to a successful classroom.
The bottom line is that most
children want nothing more than to feel loved and accepted and generally
want to please their teacher and classmates by following classroom rules
and procedures. Reinforcing positive behavior has proven more successful
that focusing on the negative behavior.
classroom begins with classroom rules and procedures. Modeling correct
behavior and reinforcing it is a daily task that begins on the very
first day of school and ends on the last day of school. It is also
important that the classroom be organized so that students know where
materials are and how to get them. In addition, it is important that
with any lesson expectations should be clear. By establishing WALT's and
WILF's with each lesson, students know what to expect and understand
what they must do to be successful.
Listed below are just a few
positive reinforcements, used in my classroom.
When working in
small, cooperative groups
students use the stoplight approach
a way to control the decibel
level of conversations. Should
(or the teacher) feel the volume is too loud
the color is shifted from green to
yellow as a warning, and from
yellow to red if talking is to stop.
Students who are caught following
classroom rules and
receive a "Way to Go" card.
collects the cards and
redeems them for prizes such as
a Blow-Pop or they can save their
cards for the ultimate
lunch with the teacher.
The theme in the classroom is
"Fishing for Good
The goal is to have the whole class
school" of fish to stay on-task.
However, in the event that
rule or procedure isn't followed, the student
moves their fish as a visual queuing system
that adjusts in
behavior are needed.
Students who are caught on-task
may receive the reward
sitting with a desk-buddy for
the day. This has proven
a positive incentive. Students can
desk-buddy from the classroom
or bring in a favorite friend
This cute little
Easter basket is used
to reinforce classroom behavior.
student is caught doing a good deed
(helping a student, etc.), they are asked to
visit the basket for a small candy treat.
The kids have a lot of fun naming the characters.
Meet Marvin the
of the fun is that the
characters change with the seasons.
Students are also
participating in Accelerated Reader.
students meet their AR point goal,
they drive their
car down the A.R.
Speedsters Track on their way to
much anticipated A.R. celebration.