The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.
- Alexandra K. Trenfor
Below are various classroom management tips, tricks, and strategies that have worked for me in my various practicum experiences thus far. I will continue to add to this list as I gain more experience and am exposed to other classroom management strategies.
- Praise and encouragement. For example, ¨I love what Logan is doing¨, ¨Mia is on task, let´s see who else is...¨ and then other students follow suite. Also, praise students for doing what has been asked of them and staying on task.
- Class Dojo. This is an incredible website where all students are assigned a monster avatar. Each student can earn positive or negative points based on their behaviour. Points can be given to the whole class as well. Weekly and monthly point goals with associated rewards can be set in order to encourage positive behaviour. A link to this website can be found here.
- Organized classroom. If students are familiar with where various materials need to go, it avoids much repetition and confusion.
- Behaviour points system. This is a system that I created for some students in a Grade 3 class that were having various difficulties getting through the day (talking in class, off task, not paying attention, distracting others, not completing work, etc.) For each period of the day, students were giving up to 2 points, based on their behaviour. Points were counted at the end of each day and weekly point goals were set. If students were able to reached or exceed their weekly goal, they were rewarded accordingly. They were also given slips of paper to record their points in classes that I did not teach them (music, library) in order to monitor behaviour throughout the entire day. Below is the template that I created and was used for this behaviour points system.