Classroom Management Reflections

Classroom Management Reflections

Have high expectations for your students. Students want to please and be accepted. If you give them structure and support, they will rise to your expectations.

Practice, practice, practice. Practice is the key to good classroom management. Students do not come into school knowing how to walk in line without talking, how to hand out papers properly, how to keep their desks organized, etc. They must be taught these behaviors and they must be reinforced through practice.

In the elementary schools, you are often judged not by what you teach your students but by how they behave in line, in the cafeteria, and in the classes of the special subject teachers (music, library, art, etc.) Therefore, it is important to teach your students how to behave outside the classroom as well as inside the classroom.

You can't run your classroom to please the parents. The expectations of parents range across the spectrum so you can't please everyone. (Anecdote: One day parents of two of my students visited the principal. One complained that I gave too much homework. The second one complained that I didn't give enough homework.)

You have to find your own style. Find what works for you. Just because a method works for another teacher, you don't have to make it work for you.

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