Anytime I gather together a bunch of teachers in one room either virtually or in person the conversation always ends up revolving around one thing…behavior.
Teachers are tired. Teachers are frustrated. Teachers are confused on what to try next, but more than anything teachers care.
No matter how many times they have to say, “Sit down. Don’t touch that. Come over here. Pay attention.” They’re doing that because they care. They care about the success of the children that they have in their care for that year.
Oh, and another thing? Teachers are busy.
Have you seen how much work teachers have to take home after school? Have you seen the workload from the principal for every teacher? Have you seen the standards that they have to make sure they’re addressing in their classroom?
Teachers don’t have time for more. Do this. Try that.
What teachers really need are super simple classroom management strategies that are going to rock their world.
I know, because I was in the classroom for over 15 years as an Early Childhood National Board-Certified Teacher. I’ve taught everything from three-year-old preschoolers to first grade. I know the chaos that goes on in a classroom. I also know that no classroom is successful without good classroom management strategies.
Since I also know that all good teachers have good classroom management strategies I’m not going to talk and preach about the importance of having these strategies in place. Instead, today I want to talk about some time-saving, simple strategies you can use today in your classroom that can save you time, hassle, and headache.
These strategies can be implemented today without a lot of prep work, without a lot of extra materials, you can start doing these today and see a difference in your classroom. Let’s get started.
Five, Super-Simple Strategies That Will Rock Your Classroom Management
- Make it visual.
I don’t care if you’re teaching three-year-olds or 13-year-olds put some visuals in your classroom. Make it so that your children can see exactly what it is you are asking them to do. They can follow your instructions by looking at the steps that you’ve provided for them.
- Teach about emotional regulation.
So often this gets missed in the classroom because we’re so busy teaching math, reading, science and all the other things that we have to get to. I promised I wouldn’t add on more things that you have to do so I’m not going to make this hard.
Instead, I’d like you to make a mind shift. I’d like you to think about including conversations about how to recognize when you’re starting to get upset. When your moods are starting to change and what you can do when you start to see those happen.
Oh, yeah, and make it visual. Go back to the number one and make visuals for the kids in your classroom so they can see what choices they have when they are starting to get upset, antsy, sad, wiggly or frustrated.
- Teach your kids about the “Just Right” scale.
Our bodies are in a constant state of changing of regulation. This means that in one moment we could feel too slow, too lethargic and in the next moment we could be too busy, too excited but what we really want is to be just right.
She didn’t want it too cold or too hot, she wanted it just right. Our kids bodies are exactly the same but they don’t know it. Many times teachers don’t either. Being able to recognize and help kids adjust to those constant changes in regulation is key in a smooth and successful classroom.
4. Break it down.
No, I’m not talking about doing some break dancing in the middle of your classroom although if you keep reading you’ll see that, that is actually a great strategy as well. What I’m talking about here is using visuals like we already talked about to break down tasks during your day and transition periods into teeny, tiny, little steps.
What is this going to do? It’s going to help your children follow directions. It’s going to end the nagging, and it’s going to help them visual move through the sequence easier.
Move a lot.
Don’t let kindergarten be the stopping point for where kids move in a classroom. The research behind the correlation between children moving and their success, long-term is there. Show it to your administration if they happen to pushback when they walk in your room and seen you doing the Boogie Woogie.
Let kids lay on the floor to do their schoolwork.
Let kids hang in a swing while they read their books.
Let kids stand at their tables while they do their science experiments.
Whatever you do? Move.
Keep those kids moving, moving, moving, so they can get their sensory input and keep their brain engaged all day long.
See, that was pretty painless, right?
I didn’t give you anything that’s going to take hours for you to cut out and laminate and put Velcro on. I didn’t give you tons of reading that you have to go out and do. I promised I would give you simple strategies and that’s what I’ve done. When I was in the classroom these five things made or broke my classroom mojo, and it can change the way your classroom flows, too.
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Dayna Abraham is the mother to three totally awesome superkids who inspire her every day to be the best grown-up sidekick they could ask for. When she’s not helping her kids conquer the world, she keeps busy by writing at lemonlimeadventures.com, writing books like Sensory Processing 101, STEAM Kids, and Learn and Play with LEGO®, and drinking lots of coffee. She loves getting her hands messy and creating crazy science projects and crafts to keep her super kids at home busy. Before she was a writer, she was a National Board Certified teacher, where she met some of the coolest superkids on earth. As a little girl, she wished grown-ups and other kids saw her as a superkid, so now she’s made it her mission to inspire kids like you to love who they are and embrace their differences.