Classroom Management (High school classroom management skills/strategies…
High school classroom management skills/strategies
Know your stuff
Know the content, high school is more about knowing the content well enough to teach it rather than classroom management.
Have back up plans
Be prepared to change things up if they don't work. Always have a back up plan in order.
Confidence is key
Having confidence continues from middle school into high school.
Be confident when giving lessons and expect that everything will go as planned.
A hand up or some kind of signal will let students know that they need to be quiet or pay attention
Echo or counting down techniques can work, but a lot of the time, students do not need a saying or strategy like this
Manage groups of students
Group work is often found in high school so it's important to let your students know good group etiquette.
Pair students up that you know will work well together and can challenge and improve one another.
Middle school classroom management skills/strategies
Echo or 'say it back' also works well for some middle school grades
A simple hand up or a countdown on your hand
Counting down from 3, 5, or 10
Be explicit when giving directions, this allows for students to do exactly what they need to do in order to be successful.
If directions are explicit, students have no excuse but to follow them completely without any bad behaviors
Whether proximity is used during lecture, group work, or quiet work time, it can be very helpful for a middle school setting.
Have confidence that everything will go well during your lesson or day
Students can smell fear, or rather they can tell when a teacher isn't confident and will misbehave.
Don't let things go, if a student misbehaves, there should be a consequence. As soon as you let it go, the behavior will continue and more misbehavior's will stem from it.
Go over classroom rules at the beginning of the year and periodically throughout the school year. Students will need a reminder of them every so often.
Keep them short and sweet, too many will create confusion and too few is too vague
Elementary classroom management skills/strategies
Make sure students know exactly what they are doing to allow for the least amount of confusion
Less explicit directions allow for confusion or boredom and can get students to start misbehaving
Mastering one quiet down technique gets all students on the same page and allows for them to learn it easily.
Echo or "say it back" techniques work well for younger grades and can be fun for students
Hand signals or movement also allows for some amount of fun while students are getting quiet
Enlist students to help with rules, this will ensure they follow them
Have only 3-5 rules, too many can get confusing
Place rules in a visible place
Have students sign the rules like a contract
Allow for movement in the classroom
Younger students are not meant to sit for long periods of time
Allow for brain breaks and include as much motion in your class as possible