Classroom Management Part 3

One thing we can change for the rest of the year!

The Plan

Having a plan and a timeline for improvement is another key to helping you gain control of your class. That plan might be created by the principal, by you, or by the principal and you working together. Below, is a sample plan -- a composite based on steps suggested by principals Clora Johnston and Tracy Berry-Lazo -- that might be adapted to meet the needs of specific teachers. You will find many ideas for adapting and customizing this plan in the Additional Strategies section of this article.

  • Observe Jon and ask him to reflect on the atmosphere in his classroom. What is working well? What needs some attention?

  • Agree that classroom management will be a focus of growth in the weeks and months ahead. (Be sure Jon understands that he is, in many ways, a very good teacher. Focusing on classroom management is going to help him live up to his full potential.)

  • Have Jon read the chapters on classroom management in The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong, Tools for Teaching by Fred Jones, or The Skillful Teacher by Jon Saphier and Robert Gower. [See endbar for these and other resources.] Your district might have videos to accompany one or more of those books. While reading,

  • Jon should take notes about strategies that might work for him.

  • Set aside time for Jon to observe other classes taught by teachers who are masters at establishing routines and procedures; Jon will take notes on several strategies that might work for him.

  • If available, send Jon to classroom management training offered by the county or to a workshop by Fred Jones or Harry Wong. Jon should note strategies that he thinks might work in his classroom.

  • Based on his training, reading, and observations, have Jon draw up a plan that lists three classroom management "best practices" that he will implement to improve the atmosphere in his classroom. (Three is a good start. Jon can work on one goal at a time.) Jon's plan should address potential obstacles to implementing the three strategies. Meet with Jon to offer feedback and finalize the plan.

  • The principal or a mentor teacher will make weekly observations in Jon's classroom to check for progress, provide feedback, and encourage reflection.
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    Mr. Dent's Hawk Character Corner

    Mr. Dent will be taking the TOP ten offenders from the middle school and the TOP ten offenders from the high school weekly. Mr. Dent's goals will to form team that will help these top offenders become more successful in the classroom in regards to their behavior. The team will consist of:

    1. Top notch students to help Mentor them. (looking for 20 great students)
    2. Mrs. Kerr's help in the social worker network.
    3. Mrs. Toth's area of special education and her team.
    4. Group meetings with their mentor's with additional weekly meetings with Mr. Dent.
    5. Any teachers/staff that want to join the team.


    Tell students they have a set amount of time to complete an activity -- and watch them focus! (You might even use one of those clocks that can be set on an overhead projector; the actual time countdown displays on the wall. Many teacher stores sell them.)

    When students come in from recess, always have an activity on a chart, an overhead transparency, or the board so they will get right to work.

    Keep transition time to a minimum. Time between activities is an open invitation for students to get out of hand.

    Keep transition time to a minimum. Time between activities is an open invitation for students to get out of hand.

    Review class rules on a regular basis (at least every six weeks).

    Be consistent when applying the rules and following through with the rules.

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    Once again, the humor that we all need!

    Key & Peele Substitute Teacher 3 (+srpski prevod)