My THREE Favorite Classroom Management Tips
July 3, 2017
I believe that in order to get the most of your students both behaviorally and academically, you must have a solid teacher-student relationship with them. They want to know you care about them and they want to know you’re listening to them. And, quite honestly, getting to know my little school family is my favorite part of each year! At the beginning of the school year I like to have my students fill out a short, fun survey. The little survey gives me a quick overview of their family life and interests.I keep these surveys in the front of their file folders that I keep in my cabinet filled with parent notes, test scores, etc. Throughout the year I fill out little updated notes about new interests or hobbies they may have. I tend to do this most when a particular student may be having a difficult time with behavior. I find the more I can try to connect with that student and find what he or she wants to work for, then we can work together.
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Writer’s workshop is one of my favorite times of the day. A large majority of that is the peacefulness it brings because of the atmosphere in the classroom. After I have taught my guided lesson and students begin their independent writing, I immediately turn off our overhead lights and play some classical music. It takes my students a few weeks to get used to, but as soon as the music begins there is an immediate calm throughout the classroom. It puts them in the “zone” and they produce some of the best writing. Honestly, it helps me get in the zone as well!
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My favorite CD to use during my writing block is the Music for the Mind Kagan CD. I love the one specifically for reading & writing. I have a few other CDs from this series as well, but this one happens to be my favorite:
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Love the survey! And I love playing music too! I have recently discovered I can play amazon prime music so I’ll play all kinds of classical music through that.
Thanks for sharing these great ideas! I am having trouble downloading the survey template. Would it be possible for you to email this resource?
Great ideas and I am glad you explained what time of year to use these.
Great resource! I loved the “Taps” technique and will try it with my kindergarteners this year.
Great ideas! Thank you for sharing !
Loved your ideas…simple and easy to use
In remedial teaching the challenge is always getting the kiddos to relax after recess…i’ll be looking for the cd ….thx so much
I like your music idea. You say that you turn off the overhead lights?
How do your students see what they are writing?
What is stinky feet???
This is great! Thanks so much!
Loved the taps video!
Thanks for sharing
I’m anxious to try the Tap strategy, it sounds amazing. I teach 1st grade as well.
Sounds like a great idea for positive reinforcement. I am going to have to give it a try! Thanks so much for sharing.
I love your approach! Thank you for sharing your talent and helping others! Nancy
Thank you for sharing
Loved the Taps idea! Can’t wait to try it!
Tried out TAPS…the kids love it. I don’t do it everyday to keep them guessing… 🙂
What do you do if you TAP someone, but they start to talk or act up before you get back to class? Do you unTAP them or tell them to try again next time?
Thanks for sharing your ideas!
Thanks for the Taps idea.
Love the Taps!
I remember my teacher doing this in elementary school many many years ago lol. When I became a substitute before teaching, it was the one thing I could easily implement in any classroom at any time. I would bring my own box of stickers or erasers and give them out to those who had been tapped. It’s a great tool!
I can’t wait to try out TAPS with my students. Thank you for sharing.