Elementary Science

Classroom managment with interactive science

What is the best way to make science interactive and fun but still have classroom managment implemented?

Mercy Aguayo
Mercy Aguayo
590 Activity Points

Mercy, I am a first semester student teacher and I am working with some terrific teachers. I will tell you how they are able to handle their students and keep things moving at a nice pace without many distractions or incidents. At the beginning of the year the students, along with the teachers all came up with a set of rules that they all agreed upon. Next, the teachers have created a demerit system. The students are given demerits for bad behavior ranging from talking, not being on task, disruptive, etc. If they accumulate a certain number in a week, they have privileges taken away. Usually some sort of fun activity or treat (no science lab/experiment). Conversely, the children that exhibit good behavior are noted and given merits. If the student accumulates enough merits, they are given the privilege of choosing a prize. Usually something that involves time off from school work, rules, or a treat. It seems to work very well and they have some of the most well behaved classes I have ever seen. But, the students still have a good time and are able to enjoy the experiments and classroom activities. Good Luck!

Tracy Galle
Tracy Galle
510 Activity Points

I would agree with Tracy. I am a student teacher currently and for what I have seen in the classroom is students taken out during the time of the activity. I would say it is only for a certain amount of the lesson. My mentor teacher also uses Class Dojo to help with giving conduct marks if needed and positive rewards as well. Once a week if the student got no Dojo marks they get to have extra time during recess. Good Luck!

Stefanie Thews
Stefanie Thews
445 Activity Points

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