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What's The Best Classroom Management Advice You've Gotten?

What's The Best Classroom Management Advice You've Gotten?

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I thought it might be useful/interesting if people shared the best piece of classroom management advice they've gotten/read/heard... Mine comes from Marvin Marshall, who is my favorite (by far) writer/thinker on positive classroom management. He’s written a question that we as teachers might want to consider asking ourselves regularly. He wrote: Will what I am about to do or say bring me closer or will it push me away farther from the person with whom I am communicating? Of course, we’re just human and all of this is far “easier said than done.” But it’s not a bad level to aspire towards…

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Doris Anigboro's picture

I received a coffee mug for Christmas many years ago. The inscription on the mug says "2 Teach is 2 Touch Lives." That is, to teach is to touch the lives of our students at the respective grade levels we may find ourselves.
I know that there are some difficult challenges that teachers face in the class room from time to time, it is not about us, but about the students that we teach (see Carrie's comments above). The teacher learns more from the students because of their daily interactions with them. In order to manage our classrooms much more effectively and efficiently, we should tailor our classroom management techniques to adapt to the challenges that we will face each day without deviating from our main focus of educating the total or whole being of the students. Later in life, some of these students will look back and appreciate what they learned from their teachers.

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Jessica
School Library Media Specialist for a K-4 Public School

Any advice for a school library media specialist who sees her students once every 2 weeks and just the 4th graders every week? I want them to take library seriously and treat me with the same respect as their classroom teacher.

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Jessica
School Library Media Specialist for a K-4 Public School

Any advice for someone like myself, who sees most classes once every 2 weeks (I do see the 4th grade students every week). I want the students to treat me with the same respect as their classroom teacher and also stay motivated in library,and not just view it as a 'special'. Thank you for any advice!

Kim's picture

"Time is on your side." At a workshop the idea that discipline does not always have to happen on-the-spot. At every opportunity I try to keep this in mind. I find it important to calmly stop a negative behavior and to let the offender know that "we" will deal with it at a later point. I may even let the student know that I have to discuss the ramifications with administration before I get back to them.

This approach helps to assure the situation does not escalate. It allows both the student and myself to keep our pride and move on. By telling the student you will deal later, it also allows others to see that you are handling the situation.

It helps to assure that I make a decision that is not based on emotion. It will be a consequence that fits the deed.

Jeanie Greenidge's picture

"Pick your Battles," and "Don't Major in the Minors." Sometimes, when it comes to management, we can let the situation become about something almost unrelated to the management issue at hand. As the professional in the interaction - I cannot let my ego let the situation go astray. Some battles should simply not be waged at certain times on certain days. I have to be able to check myself and be able to remain in professional control so the situation does not get away on me.

Tammy Lee's picture

I am an elementary health/physical education teacher who has a specific amount of time to teach everything. Time is precious and the desire and the need to get it all in a year`s or semester`s time ever present.
So I spend the very first month and a half of school defining and practicing specific classroom routines with each grade and class. The students seem to do well when they know what to expect and know what you expect of them. I write it down on the white board and explain each task and expectation. I draw out diagrams on how and where they need to be to be successful. Now as we are into the middle of the school year and routines are in place, they have been very helpful with setting up and cleaning up because they know what comes next. I also spend less time with that and more time with them talking, sharing, teaching,learning and enjoying the moments.

Candace Carpio's picture

Those were the words uttered by my college professor. He said, "Look around young eager minds. Take a look at your colleagues here in this room and remember their faces because once you get out into the "real world"..(and this is where it hit me) You will never be surrounded by such like-minded eager and passionate individuals again! It will be YOU, who must ignite and lead others with a true desire to succeed."

WOW! Great words by a grat man. That moment will cross my mind every now and than and think, "Yup! He sure was on to something!"

Larry Hartog's picture

This is great advice. Saving face in tough situations is not easy. I will be experimenting with this technique during the Spring as I embark on a semester as a student teacher.

Larry Hartog's picture

The advice about taking a tough situation out into the hall is good. Saving face in tough situations is not easy. I will be experimenting with this technique during the Spring as I embark on a semester as a student teacher.

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