In the video above from TeachingChannel.org, we view the reflective conversation between a first year teacher and a classroom management expert, Jackie Ancess, from Columbia University Teachers College. For first year teachers, classroom management is often one of the most challenging parts of the job. Through mentorship and professional development, teachers can build their repertoire of classroom management strategies, thus creating the foundation for successful classrooms and student achievement. Without this mentorship, we risk continued high teacher turnover within the first five years of teaching. This attrition is devastating to the profession because it generally takes a teacher has at least 5 years of experience before they are truly skillful practitioners.
Using a video of her class, Ms. V. meets with a classroom management expert for constructive feedback. Then Ms. V. implements this feedback and observes the positive changes. Jackie Ancess offers these 7 classroom management tips:
- Establish a consistent classroom routine
- Use physical proximity to prevent potential disruptions
- Develop individual strategies to redirect students
- Use nonverbal cues to minimize disruption to teaching and redirect students
- Use games and competitions to engage students
- Break down lessons into their smallest component parts
- Use whole class strategies such as positive narration
Written by: Editorial Team, My Learning Springboard, Inc.