“Okay, pay attention now class. Class? Class!!”
Ever feel like this? Yeah, me too.
No matter how well you plan and how amazing your lessons are and how ridiculously fun you’ve made your centers, if you don’t feel like you have classroom management in place, it’s easy to feel discouraged and even powerless.
I recently had the chance to interview Ashley Marquez from Teach, Create, Motivate on my podcast on this exact topic and what she shared was SO GOOD that I just had to make it available to you here too.
Classroom management is something ALL of us need a little help with sometimes (okay, maybe lots of times).
Ashley’s passion to provide practical strategies for teachers to manage their classrooms in a way that is fun and empowering is truly an inspiration.
So check out these 3 Strategies for Classroom Management from Ashley Marquez:
Strategy #1: Be Consistent.
It’s not simply about choosing the right tool or strategy for classroom management as much as it’s about being consistent with the one you have chosen.
When you’re all over the place with different management techniques, it’s hard for students to follow and they are quick to forget what they’re supposed to do, let alone do it.
Keep your delivery and implementation of your chosen strategy consistent. This will really help maximize your teaching time and help students know what to expect from you and from their fellow classmates.
Strategy #2: Create Student Buy-in.
Kids like to be involved. Just like they love the hands-on nature of centers, they also get excited about having a role to play in the classroom itself. This is all about presentation.
Instead of communicating and implementing your guidelines in a boring way, make it exciting! The more excited you are- the more excited they will be.
Get them on board with your system so they feel like they are an important piece of the puzzle and not just following a list of rules.
The more invested your students are in how you run your classroom, the more excited they will be to stick with the “rules” even if they don’t agree with all of them.
Strategy #3: Give your students choices.
Student-led programs are so much more successful when students get to choose for themselves. If they feel like their voice is being heard and valued, they will automatically have more buy-in.
Can you involve your students in choosing the class rewards?
Don’t Be Afraid of Classroom Management
When many of us hear those words, we get uncomfortable. Sure, it’s fun to help students learn to read or to see their eyes light up as they finally “get” how to put numbers together in a meaningful way. But classroom management can be intimidating.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed with the idea of classroom management, start to re-imagine it. It’s not about enforcing rules anyway! It’s about creating a calm, confident learning environment for your students to thrive in.
Great classroom management doesn’t feel like classroom management at all. It just feels like a fun, engaging place to learn.
What’s Classroom Management Academy?
If you feel like classroom management is a struggle, or if you just want to refresh your skills with some great student-led programs, you will love Ashley’s new program!
Ashley is amazing at what she does! I love the way she engages students in a way that helps them feel valued and creates buy-in.
I’m even MORE excited that she’s taken everything she has learned and put it into an easy-to-follow program for teachers called Classroom Management Academy.
This online course is entirely self-paced and broken down into six modules. It’s packed with some of the best classroom strategies, tips, ideas and resources to help you create that positive and calm student-led program you want to achieve in your classroom.
BONUS: Distance Learning Module
Since we’re all looking for ways to adapt to the ever-changing plans for school this year, I love that Ashley added a bonus module to help you apply these helpful techniques to a virtual classroom.
This program is only available for a short time and won’t be back until 2021, so be sure to check out the details today!