Early Childhood

classroom management during experiments

Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:44 PM

When performing experiments in the classroom, what are some strategies and or methods that will help maintain appropriate classroom behavior? 

Selena Martinez
Selena Martinez
180 Activity Points

Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:52 PM

I am student teaching in a second-grade classroom and one things that works great for me is explaining the expectations EVERY time the students will begin an experiment. Even if they have done it 100 times before this helps them refresh their memory and they have set expectations about how they are to treat our materials, what voice level to use, etc. Once the expectations are set the students can begin their experiment. Another strategy I have seen is giving each table a yellow,red, and green cup (stacked). You explain to the students that if they are stuck on any part of the experiment and they have no idea what to do that they are to put the red cup on top. This tells the teacher to go over to help them. If the students place a yellow cup on top it states that they are struggling, but figuring it out, and a green cup means they understand and have no questions. I found that this best works 3-5 grade better than younger ones. This helps from having every student yell across the classroom when they need help.

Gladys Gonzalez
Gladys Gonzalez
110 Activity Points

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