Classroom Management Tips

5 Apr

While tidying my bookshelf the other night I came across some old notes (older than I prefer to admit) from teachers college. On reflection they speak to me a little clearer than they probably did then. Perhaps these first ones my apply to staff also.

 

Ways To Say “No”
That’s not an option
I am unwilling to allow you to…
Say it in a funny way, i.e. “Never in a million trillion years!”
That’s not appropriate.
I am not ready for you to do that yet.
Ask, “What do you think you would need to do before I would be willing to say yes to that?”
Ask, “What do you think? Is this a good choice for you?”
“What are your other options?”
No, but I would be willing to…
I appreciate your asking, however…
This is not negotiable
 

Managing Behaviour

  • Use proximity control…be nearby….keep talking and WALK up and down the rows, around the groups. STAND next to the restless.
  • Quietly finger tap the desk of any who are NOT paying attention….whisper their name.
  • Use student names in discussion. Use student names and local places in examples or problems… “Aroha went to the Warehouse with $40……”
  • If waiting for silence, be sure to mention…
    Sam is ready to listen, Josie’s group is ready to go on, Ben’s row is listening….
    OR…
    one person is ready, 2 rows are listening, almost everyone is ready to go on
    OR…
    please tell your neighbour to listen.

 

Professional Reading

As I work with my mentor I found this website very useful.

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/03/28/how-to-find-a-just-right-professional-mentor

 

Building Leadership capacity –helping leader learn: An NCSL think piece by John West-Burnham. I really enjoyed his model of leadership.

http://forms.ncsl.org.uk/mediastore/image2/randd-building-lead-capacity.pdf

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One Response to “Classroom Management Tips”

  1. Roger Sommerville April 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi Andrew,

    The guide notes are highly relevant and provide clarity and realistic means to get on with the job in school.

    Thanks for sharing your Blog with your NAPP plg. That linkage is a great way to work as the Blog will continue and link to bigger networks after the NAPP year has ended.

    I have followed you on Twitter – I wonder if we can ensure that Twitter helps link all NAPP participants together through several years. The network of your PLG and NAPP 2013 will fade away at years end unless we create means for each to network in accordance with their inclination and not be dependent on MOE websites.

    Perhaps a Twitter tag #NAPPnz – would be useful in Twitter – there is an organisation in the US with NAPP as their abbreviation so just NAPP may not be that good.

    Regards

    Roger Sommerville

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