Your Classroom Management

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  • Join your local association/TSTA/NEA and connect with teacher experts across the state and around the nation.
  • Plan for classroom management the same as you do instruction.
  • Get to know your students and let them get to know you; everyone needs to feel connected to school.
  • Let the first thing parents hear from you be positive.
  • Remember the 80/20 rule: 80% of the behavior problems in your class are caused by 20% of the students.
  • Deal with difficult behavior when it happens; if not, it may become a wildfire.
  • GO SLOW TO GO FAST! Teach rules, procedures, and routines early; you do not want students still learning where to put things when it’s time for the STAAR test.
  • Enforce your rules and expect everyone in your classroom (students and adults) to abide by them.
  • Greet your students at the door with a smile.
  • Be ready to go; one of biggest transition problems is a teacher who isn’t ready.
  • Change rules if they don’t work.
  • Model the behaviors you want to see in others.
  • Students are not adults and they’ve never been in YOUR class before; so they still need to learn the rules, procedures, and routines for YOUR classroom.

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