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Classroom Management: It's not too Late

posted Nov 25, 2018, 3:15 AM by HSD Principal
Classroom management is usually something that gets attention at the beginning of the school year. But if your practices have started to wander throughout the semester (along with your students' minds?), it's not too late to restore solid procedures in your classroom. 

Jennifer Gonzalez teaches through negative examples in her article about Sabotaging Classroom Management. As a bonus, she presents her info through an infographic, a blog entry, and a podcast episode, so you can digest it in the way that works best for you.

Stay Calm and Teach On is advice specifically on how not to lose your cool while maintaining order. Maybe of particular interest right now, the author says term breaks can provide an easy way to refocus on classroom management - from a positive perspective:
Besides in-the-moment resets, holiday breaks or extended absences offer a natural opening for starting anew. Just make sure to give students a learning rationale for the reset, "which you can invent," says Lemov. When returning from winter break, for example, tell students, "Great, guys, we're halfway through the year and we've got a lot to accomplish so we can be super successful. We need to nail the routines for how we do things in the classroom so we're productive and the class is as engaging as it can possibly be." Or, "We only have 30 days until our big unit test on Lord of the Flies, and this novel is really important, so we need to make sure we crush it."

"It goes back to procedures and routines," says Lemov. "Identify two or three problem areas (like silent independent work), carefully plan out solutions, and have students practice so that they know how to do it right."

As you reteach procedures, instead of saying, "That wasn't good enough," try, "That was good, but we want everything we do in this classroom to be great. Let's see if we can do that perfectly." Positive framing, Lemov continues, "can be a culture shift in the classroom and earn a lot of student buy-in."