Strong fundamentals are a sure-fire way to ensure classroom management strategies work to put you in the best possible position to succeed. Ensuring that you emphasize what you want in the classroom will allow you to provide an excellent educational experience to your class.
Our 10 favorite Classroom management strategies include creating a specific seating arrangement, all the way to showing your personality in the classroom to really show who you are to your students.
This blog post will include ideas for pre-COVID-19 and during COVID-19.
Classroom management strategies and techniques to implement in your class
When I was at school, I didn’t consider what teachers went through when dealing with classroom situations. Still, as I sit here now, I realize that how strategized the classroom was, masterful it seemed, as an educator myself in adulthood, it has taken a long time to implement in my teaching.
One of my favourite books to read on management strategies of the classroom is: Hacking Classroom Management: 10 Ideas To Help You Become the Type of Teacher They Make Movies About.
There are some great real world examples of how to manage classrooms in a way that makes you a teacher kids want to listen to. I would highly recommend this book for our subject in this post.
Welcome students at the door
Define your classroom expectations
Create a specific seating arrangement
I think we can all agree that when we allow kids to pick their seats it never ends well. They usually choose seats near their friends, and even worse when just chat the whole lesson.
One of the interesting alternatives though (which ironically states the opposite to the above statement) is what happens when the choice is given to kids to pick their own spaces.
There is evidence that shows that children can feel empowered by having the ability to wield their own choices in the classroom. This freedom, along with expectations set, can achieve a much more comfortable and productive classroom environment. You can also consider maybe changing the orientation of the seating arrangement, couches, comfy chairs, to give a different vibe can make a real behavior change.
Show your personality
You are the leader of the classroom and making sure your personality shines through is crucial for a strong and conducive learning environment.
Why do we say this?
Sprinkle in some humor
Use positive reinforcement
If certain students put the effort in to succeed, then make sure to congratulate them and let them know their efforts are noticed by you as the teacher.
Positive reinforcement is a good way to build strong classroom management strategies by giving confidence to your students when they have demonstrated positive behavior.
Set boundaries fairly
Apply rules the right way
Provide a routine, kids can get behind
Make it a fun experience
If as teachers, we include these techniques into our classroom experiences, we can change how we manage our classes and how our classroom management strategies can increase learning outcomes with our students.
Take onboard what you already know, try to implement these ideas in your classes and you should have a successful time giving your students the best experience possible.
Classroom management strategies come in all shapes and sizes, and these are just a few to enable you to provide the best learning experiences for your students. The other part of this is not all of these may fit into how you run your classroom currently, but if you can integrate some, you should have a more positive learning environment.
Hey, I’m Kris Taylor. I’m a Learning and Development professional currently in the healthcare field, with over 8 years of experience in the area of corporate education. I have created numerous instructional content for various corporate projects including eLearning, in-person facilitation, and virtual training across a wide variety of learning interventions and sectors. On Taughtup, I discuss topics ranging from how to succeed through K-12 to college all the way to instructional design tips for L&D designers.