Science Sampler: Classroom management, rules, consequences, and rewards! Oh, my! by: Julie Dean McIntosh

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Teachers must start with an organized classroom. Think through how you want your classroom arranged, how students will turn in work, and where supplies are located. Students should also be instructed how the classroom is set up and who should be retrieving supplies. Having numbered containers with supplies is a quick way to distribute materials and check that everything has been returned at the end of the period. This article outlines additional classroom management plans that will prepare new teachers for the first day of school and throughout the entire school year.

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  • on Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:04 PM

This article has good information for new teachers on the basics of classroom management.

Matthew M  (Lodi, CA)
Matthew M (Lodi, CA)

  • on Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:54 PM

This article presents advice to new teachers on how to develop good relationships with students through mutually understood procedures and expectations, as well as daily interactions with each student. When each student feels noticed and understands what they are to do, both teachers and students can feel successful. I appreciated the author also mentioning the need for teachers to "chose their battles" and to not micromanage - something new and old teachers sometimes need to be reminded of! Good article

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

  • on Fri Dec 09, 2011 4:19 PM

For a first year teacher establishing yourself as the adult in the classroom may be a challenge especially if you appear to be young. This article explains the need to establish rules and consequences for broken rules that both teacher and student can live with. You must also find a way to communicate with parents so that you have their support. There are many aspects to classroom management but being fair and positive as well as making the class interesting and engaging can be a challenge. This article sorts out some of those challenges.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:06 PM

These article listed many aspects of classroom management to keep in mind while developing a plan; however, it only went into detail on a couple of points.

Samantha M
Samantha M

  • on Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:37 AM

This article is directed at first year teachers and gives some general descriptions of things to do at the beginning of the school year as a first year teacher. It would be helpful to have put more specific details.

Betty  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty (Kansas City, MO)

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