There are so many important ways to continue growing as a teacher. Classroom management is often overlooked. It is assumed that there are those who excel and those who don’t. However, there are just as many ways to improve as a classroom manager as there are as an instructor. We, as teachers, are just far more hesitant to seek them out, or all the other training and professional development we must do ends up coming first. Today, I am going to focus on a few ways to continue growing and managing your classroom.
- Find a Friend – We all know there is that one teacher on campus who rocks at management. Her kids are perfect in the hallways… His class can have fun during lessons but still keep it together… People talk about how she always gets the “good” class. Time to buddy up. That person might just hold the secret to making your class run more smoothly. All too often we are scared to ask our colleagues what they are doing to make the magic happen because we worry about making ourselves look like we don’t know what is happening. However, if you don’t have good classroom management, everyone already knows it. Why not ask for help? The only thing that can happen is that you can get better. Even if you do have great management, there are always new things to learn. Plus you never know when you are going to get that one kid who is impervious to all the tricks in your toolbox.
- Go Digital – There are some great resources online for teachers who want to improve their management and/or have behavior challenges in their classroom. One great one is Intervention Central, because all the interventions are based on actual research…but they aren’t expensive programs (that don’t usually end up working without extensive time and training).
- Call in the Experts – Having one of those years where it feels like no matter how hard you are trying, you can’t get in the rhythm? Find out if your district has any behavior specialists or instructional coaches with a behavior expertise. Most administrators would rather know you are seeking out support than to have to have the conversation about MAKING you get extra help. If you are worried about it, then bring it up as your personal area for growth and frame it in that light.