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Teachers and administrators learn a four-step verbal skill that will help them take responsible control of K-12 students. This online course teaches them to end power struggles and gain cooperation from resistive students. This fast and effective, choice-based approach to behavior management is being used successfully by thousands of educators. Teachers learn to develop meaningful classroom management plans for maintaining a safe and orderly classroom that maximizes learning time.
How do you construct your classroom management plan? It requires planning in advance. Time must be spent on imagining how you want your classroom to look, sound and behave. By doing so, you will be absolutely clear about what behavior is expected from your students, and you will be able to communicate this clearly and effectively to them.
First we will look at establishing the routines and procedures needed to make the class run smoothly and maintain order. Careful planning here will go far to prevent problems from occurring and keep small problems from developing into big ones.
The following are steps to take in making your plan:
1. List Activities
Imagine the types of activities and lessons you will be conducting. Your list may look like this:
- Classroom discussions
- Taking tests
- Group projects
- Individual work
- Lab assignments
- Computer work
- Student presentations
- Guest speakers
- Watching films
2. List Desired Behavior
For each activity; list how you would ideally like your students to behave. For example: no talking during lectures, raise your hand during classroom discussions, put your equipment away after lab assignment, etc. There will probably be several behaviors that you expect during each activity. This will help you to communicate to your students exactly what is expected of them during each type of activity.
3. Classroom Setup
Imagine the classroom setting and how students will move around the room to accomplish the daily tasks associated with the activities on your list. How will the seating be arranged? How will students retrieve papers from the computer printer? Where does the science lab equipment get stored? Next to each activity, note how you want students to move within the classroom’s setup.
4. Other Classroom Routines
Imagine the types of homework and in-class assignments you will be giving. How, when, and where will the students turn them in? How will you communicate information about assignments to students? Are assignments due at the beginning or end of the period? How will you know if the assignment is on time or late? What, if any, is the procedure for make-ups?
5. Make a List of Routines and Procedures
Now it is time to come up with your procedures and routines to ensure the preferred behavior, as well as to control transition times and other potential problems. Referring to the lists you have already made, make a new list of routines and procedures stated in positive terms. This list will be one that you will post visibly in your classroom as a reminder to students of what is expected. Keep it as short as possible and avoid using negative terms such as “don’t” or “never”.