Monday, July 14, 2014

Classroom Management for Dummies

I just saw this on FreeTech4Teachers from Keith Hughes' growing library of mostly content videos.  I wish I had had it my first couple of years of teaching when I played the "who wants to go to the office game!"  Now I can proudly say it has been something like two decades since I sent a student to the office.  But that fact has been because of three of the key items in the list above of ten rules - namely 1) keep engaging the kids in work that is meaningful and connected 2) don't make bad behavior a big deal (I have lightly tapped numerous kids over the years as I have walked around or worked their names into my talking) 3) be fun.  I like to tell young teachers that if you are bored in the classroom then imagine how awful it is for the kids.  If you aren't checking the clock then they probably aren't either.  But Keith has other great tips so enjoy. 

1 comment:

Shiny Elena said...

I remember I've seen such good ideas somewhere on the Web. Anyway, it's so true, some classes are so boring! Why teachers don't think about catching the interest of children and inspiring motivation to study. No surprise that kids lose their motivation to study and hate going to school. In the future these kids might spend money on searhing for custom dissertation writers online instead of researching and writing a disserttion and gaining more knowlege. I believe teachers must keep kids motivated, busy and engaged as it helps them to evolve the powers of mind and aquire some necessary skills.