Are you looking for ways to manage your classroom? Here are some popular tested classroom management ideas for those of us heading back to school or just wanting to sharpen up our student’s behavior. Who hasn’t been there at some point? Fortunately, there are a number of methods to help promote good behavior.
Here are 6 classroom management ideas.
- Brag Tags: This is a system in which you award students who are on good behavior with a “brag tag,” or a tag with a phrase such as, “Stellar Student” or “Super Star Speller.” This incentive promotes positive classroom behavior and spotlight those students striving to do their best. The idea is to give out a few a day so that your students will do “their” best in order to earn one. I have created several themed tags to coincide with classroom/ school themes or monthly themes- click here to preview all the themes.
- Table Points: This is one of my favorites to use in my classroom. I would use a very simple tally mark system and reward the table with the most points earned daily. See example. It is very simple and cost-effective rewards such as: first in lunch line, homework pass, write with a gel pen, or any other coupons. The entire table with the most amount of points per day would get coupons. And at the end of the week the table with the most points would get to go to my treasure chest! They love this! I think it honestly works because the students are working together as a team and they do not want to let their team down. You would be amazed how quickly they clean up, get prepared to learn, come to floor when I announce, “Okay 2 table points to the first quiet table to the floor!”
- Behavior Charts/ Clip Charts: A behavior chart is a chart that you make with different levels, such as, “Wonderful behavior,” “Great Behavior,” “Ready to Learn” and “Teachers Choice.” Each student will have a clothespin that you place in one of the categories every day. Since most kids won’t want to end up in the worse categories, they’ll strive to make it to the top of the chart. Click below to see your Freebie Emoji Behavior Clip Chart.
- Weekly Behavior Charts: This is a chart that is usually in a student take home folder. A teacher can communicate daily or weekly with parents. This is a great management tool when you have students that need the more interactive approach. Some categories that are typically: needs improvement on focusing, needs improvement on completing classwork, needs improvement on completing homework, needs improvement on following directions, needs improvement on_________. The teacher can create these on a needs basis.
- Flexible Seating: You probably already know what flexible seating is, but you probably don’t know why this classroom management idea can be effective. By allowing students to sit wherever they’d like, they are choosing the learning environment that they feel most comfortable to learn in. Some teachers choose to use: carpet area, bean bags, crate boxes, or lowering desks to ground where students can sit on the floor. Many teachers do not spend a lot to create these flexible seating spots. However, many teachers have asked their school PTO for funds to help or Donor’s Choose
- Class Dojo: I used Class Dojo one year and it is a great FREE app you can download and use with your iPhone or iPad. It is great to track attendance, behavior and more! You can share with parents and colleagues! Students love striving to earn their points! It is a great way to work together as a team! The only downside I saw was it was challenging to have my phone or iPad with me at all times.
These are just some classroom management ideas to help encourage positive behavior amongst your students! It’s important to find what works best for you and your classroom. You may need to try different things with the same group of students to really get the hang of what’s working or not working.