New teachers Related Tags: Classroom Management More Related Discussions Suzanne Goff , K-4 teacher, then differentiation support teacher, now teacher mentor Posted 10/28/2009 12:02PM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM 4 1575 Views What would be your top 3 tips to give a new teacher about management? Sign in to vote! Sign in to Flag as Spam Share 4 Share Comments (4)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Posted 10/28/2009 12:16pm Suzanne GoffK-4 teacher, then differentiation support teacher, now teacher mentor 1. Find a support system for yourself whether it is one trusted colleague or a group of professionals that might be available in your system, such as grade level team, or student service support (i.e. social worker, special ed people, mentors...) Or it might be an online group such as this one, or teacher blogs that you've come to value to give you food for thought. Hopefully it will be someone or someones who will take time to listen and help you sort out what your top priorities or frustrations are. And then hopefully work together to brainstorm possible solutions. 2. Don't beat up on yourself. You are learning. It takes years to work towards the comfort level that many teachers have found that is true to who they are and works. It may look like they are naturals at management and you may marvel at how easy it looks when you see them with their students. Usually it has taken them a lot of years and many painful moments of feeling like they'll never get it to reach that level of calm. 3. The key word has been for me is'RESPECT'. Respect yourself and respect each and every child. No favorites, and no little demons. You are in charge and you are the one the kids are watching. One of the ways I found that level of respect in the classroom is to work at disengagement - try to take the emotion out of your discipline and your management strategies. Save emotion for the fun, great times. Disengagement works but it takes practice. Sign in to vote! Posted 10/28/2009 6:53pm Tracie WeiszMiddle School teacher from Alaska I would ditto every point Suzanne has posted. Don't beat yourself up - we all had those early years (and even now) where we questioned every single thing we did - that's called learning! Focus on your lesson plans - not the content part as much as the engagement part and the authentic learning part. Are you teaching them something they will personally find meaningful? If not, can you make it personally meaningful? Can you make it engaging? If you do that, AND make sure you are 100% present for your students during every class (not trying to grade papers, or do other business, or being parked at your desk) then the whole idea of "managing" your classroom becomes a lot easier and a more seamless part of your instruction. Sign in to vote! Posted 10/28/2009 7:59pm Larry FerlazzoI teach English & Social Studies at inner-city high school in Sacramento,CA Blogger The suggestions from Suzanne and Tracie all sound great. I would also add one now that I would not have added a few years ago: Start out more strict than where you want to end up. I'm not a believer in the saying "Don't let them see you smile until December." However, I think one mistake that new teachers often make is being a bit too loose on management when they first start. With my classes this year, I began the year with a fairly strict system and told students that the shortest time it had taken a class to show me that they were mature and could be off this strict system was three weeks (I just made that up) and that I wanted them to break the record. It was a good challenge, and they moved off the system in a week. Sign in to vote! Posted 4/15/2010 4:10am AutismClassroom.com 1. Create a schedule or routine. 2. Develop Rules and Consequences that are reasonable. 3. Plan (ex. create lesson plans)every aspect of the school day. A failure to plan is a plan to fail. Sign in to vote! Discussion The Secret to Classroom Management: Be The Craziest Person in The RoomLast comment 1 day 2 hours ago in Classroom Management Discussion Building Relationships Outside Your Comfort Zone - What do you do?Last comment 6 days 3 hours ago in Classroom Management Discussion Caught in the MiddleLast comment 1 week 2 days ago in Classroom Management blog Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention PracticesLast comment 1 day 11 hours ago in Classroom Management Discussion Hitting as Play: A Slippery Slope Last comment 3 days 18 hours ago in Classroom Management Sign in to comment. Not a member? Register. Sign in using social networks Or sign in here: Email address * Password * Forgot your password?