Growing your classroom management skills can feel overwhelming. Sometimes it is assumed that you are either naturally talented in this area or it will always be a struggle.
However, there are just as many ways to improve as a classroom manager as there are as an instructor. We just tend to be more hesitant to seek them out, or all the other training and professional development we must participate in fills our available time.
Today, I am going to focus on a few ways to continue growing and managing your classroom.
Grow your management skills with 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.
Digital solutions to grow your classroom management skills.
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).
Another great one is PBIS World. It has great strategies to try when you are stuck with a situation. Its easy user-interface makes it super simple to get exactly what you are looking for.
Call in the classroom management 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.
I hope this article helped you think about growing as a classroom manager in a new way. Want more guidance? Check out some other great classroom management articles or follow me: