We all have issues with classroom management at some point and often run out of ideas. It is always nice to have new ones to try if the old are not working. Here are some fun and fresh ideas from current teachers.
I have seen these on white boards, pocket charts, Twitter walls, and many others. No matter what it looks like, the basic idea is the same. In order to leave at the end of the day, each student must write something they learned. You can be very specific such as, "what did you learn about fractions today?" Or you can be generic, "what is something you remember from today?" (courtesy of mrshallfabulousinfourth.blogspot.com)
Know where each student is simply by looking at the magnets. I have seen these on white boards, cookie sheets, and several other magnetic surfaces. They are cheap to make and always turn out very cute. Mine is a bit different and I will put up my personal picture when I am able to. (courtesy of diaryofasecondgradeteacher.wordpress.com)
Once in a while you have a student who need a minute out of the classroom before they lose it. This is when you can bring out this idea. Write a letter to another teacher explaining that this student just needed a minute out of the classroom. They are to sign the paper as if it were an important document. If the teacher can see that this student needs a bit more time, they can send them to an additional teacher. It is great to have 3 or 4 teachers who know about this and can work together if this ever happens and can return the envelope so you don't have to get a new one each time. The student is to return the signed papers and then return to their work. (courtesy of http://www.elementary-teacher-resources.com/Elementary_Teacher_Resources-2010april.html)
There are so many times that students need a partner to work with. On the first day of school, give each student their cell phone. Inside are 10 "speed dial" people. They are to put a classmates name on each line. When you need them to get in partners, call out a speed dial number and they are to get with that person. (courtesy of lewislearninglibrary.blogspot.com)
While the students are doing silent/individual work, set a "quiet critter" on each desk. If they talk, just silently walk to their desk and remove it. Those with critters left after the time is up get a reward of some sort. We do tickets for a weekly drawing. (courtesy of teachingchick.blogspot.com)
Keep your eye on the word
I had a student last year that was very bright but could not follow along with a story unless he had something to use as a pointer. Here is a fun and easy alternative to the traditional finger pointers. (courtesy of cincynanny.blogspot.com)
A poster of things your students can do when they are done with an assignment.
Sick of using the same attention grabbers each time? It seems we all get in the rutt of saying "1, 2, 3, eyes on me." Here is a fun list of new ones you can try.
For those in your class that finish early, here is a great idea top keep them on task and engaged in something. You have sets of cards that are easily accessible to the students. They review the cards, and when they feel good about the answers, they have a peer test them on the answers. If they succeed, they earn a brain bead. They keep their beads on a chain and see how many they can get.
(Courtesy of http://sunnydaysinsecondgrade.blogspot.com/2011/10/brain-builders.html)
Fun PowerPoint you can set to change after any increment of time. Cute for the kids, too. You may have to sign up for a free subscription to the website to get it.
(Courtesy of http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/15-Minute-Timer)
Reporting vs. Tattling
Here is a great poster and jar for your kids and it is a good idea to cut down on tattling on others.
(Courtesy of http://allthingskatiemarie.blogspot.com/2012/01/tattle-jar.html)
Make your rules for the hall known to all the students by having them where they can easily be seen- on the door. The reminder will be there every time they go through the door and into the hall.
(Courtesy of http://mrsropersclassblog.blogspot.com/)
Kids often come to you to taddle on someone. Have this up so they can answer these few questions before they complain to you.
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If your kids begin to get rowdy and need a quick break, try a "Brain Break" bucket. On each stick is a simple activity to get them out of their seats. These may include: 20 jumping jacks, seat swap, Macarena, etc.
(Courtesy of http://toseealambatschool.tumblr.com/post/12291090611/brain-break-sticks-each-popsicle-stick-has-an)
No card flipping here
Rather than using a card or point system, this can be used for management. Each student has their own pin that gets moved if they are not behaving how they should be. It allows for warnings as well as varying consequences.
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