How to Have a Well-Managed Classroom Characteristics of Effective Teachers Managing the Classroom by: Wanda Bradford-principal in Bakersfield, CA Each day begins with learning When students come to class. And without a lot of chatting They start the day on task. If daily routines are followed, Less wasted time is spent. Classes will run smoothly With great class management. With assignments clearly posted Students need not be told, To quiet down and get to work While the teacher takes the roll. Research has been proven Achievement gains will rise, When effective teachers start the day With time that's maximized. What’s Your Teaching Effectiveness Score? • • • • What’s your teaching effectiveness? Click T or F to the statements. At the end of the quiz, tally your score. Pages from The First Days of School will be referenced so you can read and correct your answers. • http://www.harrywong.com/quiz/index.htm 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Characteristics of Effective Teachers • Successful Teacher Attributes –A-Z List –Work with your group to identify characteristics of effective teachers. Top 6 Keys (Word Cards) 8 Tips for Better Classroom Management Sense of Humor A Positive Attitude High Expectations Consistency Fairness Flexibility 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Top 6 Keys to Being a Successful Teacher by Melissa Kelly http://712educators.about.com/od/te achingstrategies/tp/sixkeys.htm Learn and use students’ names Set high expectations Model respectful language and actions Confront bad behavior Establish freedom within organization Use differentiated instruction Make the learning space visually inviting Use positive humor • Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) • http://pdkmcintosh.tripod.com/sitebuilderconte nt/sitebuilderfiles/pdktipsclassroom.tmp.pdf • http://www.pdkintl.org/ Characteristics of Effective Teachers • Wong (page 82) identifies three key characteristics of effective teachers: 1. They have classroom management skills. 2. They teach for lesson mastery. 3. They practice positive expectations. Thoughts to Ponder • Journal Response #2: Teachers almost never think about managing their classroom. – Provide three reasons to support your position. “Effective teachers manage their classrooms. Ineffective teachers discipline their classroom.” (Wong, page 83) Characteristics of a WellManaged Classroom • Match the characteristics with the descriptions of an effective teacher and an ineffective teacher. Using the Power of Expectations 1. Establish expectations for behavior 2. Understand your expectations 3. Put expectations in writing 4. Don’t accept the unacceptable 5. Hold equal gender expectations 6. Involve parents and family members 7. Beware of the self-fulfilling prophesy http://www.nwmissouri.edu/MAP/PDF/ 041102keepingcurrent4.pdf http://teacher-institute.com/ Characteristics of a WellManaged Classroom 1. Students are deeply involved with their work, especially with academic, teacher-led instruction. 2. Students know what is expected of them and are generally successful. 3. There is relatively little wasted time, confusion, or disruption. 4. The climate of the classroom is workoriented but relaxed and pleasant. *(Wong, page 86) The Most Important Word • Preparation • Preparation • Preparation Effective Teachers • Effective teachers have the work ready – The desks, books, paper, assignments and materials are ready when the bell rings. • Effective teachers have the room ready – The classroom has a positive climate that is work-oriented. • Effective teachers have themselves ready – The teacher has a warm, positive attitude and has positive expectations that all students will succeed. (Wong, page 93) Introducing Yourself • “How you introduce yourself on the first day may determine how much respect and success you will have for the rest of the school year.” (Wong, page 101) • Assignment – Personal Introductory Item – Letter to Parents Preparation 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Before You Move a Single Desk Prepare the Floor Space Prepare the Work Area Prepare the Student Area Prepare the Wall Space Prepare the Bookcases Prepare the Teaching Materials Prepare the Teacher Area Prepare Yourself “Teachers who are ready maximize student learning and minimize student misbehavior.” (Wong, page 100) Your Thoughts… Ms. Kendall is beginning her first year of teaching fourth graders. She is writing out her plans for the first few days of class. She has familiarized herself with the scope and sequence of the fourth-grade curriculum. One of the first decisions she will make is about her class schedule. She must decide how best to organize her students’ day. What should she consider as she develops her daily schedule. What long-term plans should she make to ensure that students learn to manage their own academic work and develop good work skills?
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