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Effective Elementary Classroom Management

There I was. I had taught high school social studies and middle school language arts. Then I was asked to teach third grade to cover for a maternity leave situation. I’m a team player, so I agreed. But I was not prepared. I believe an effective teacher can teach any grade, but classroom management requires a very specific set of skills for different age groups. Thankfully, between a kind mentor and some internet required reading, I finally got good control over the classroom.
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Effective Elementary Classroom Management
  • edutopia.org

    5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    When I started in my third-grade classroom, I found the students much noisier than in high school. So I did what every teacher should not do — I yelled. I raised my voice to be heard over them, thinking my angry tone would catch their attention. It did. It also caught the attention of parents. This article taught me the value of using a calm voice but only when they were ready, and using other students to help quiet down the class.
  • William O'Dea says:
    One of the biggest problems I encountered early on was getting students to settle down after specials. Coming back from PE was all right, but music? Those kids were so noisy and couldn’t (or wouldn’t) hear me. That’s where this video helped. First, I was making the same mistakes he made. More importantly, I learned how getting control in the hallway helped me regain control in the classroom. This video clearly discusses what to do and why.
  • ascd.org

    The Key to Classroom Management

    8 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    “Establishing dominance” sounded horrible when I read it. I want to work with students, not dominate them! But this article helped me redefine that phrase as getting control of my elementary school class. But this article kept on giving. I especially loved the table showing different kinds of high-need students (i.e. the ones who keep disrupting class) that included specific strategies like withholding criticism from passive students and letting perfectionists tutor others.
  • naesp.org

    Ten Tips For Effective Classroom Management

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    Although I think this is supposed to be for elementary principals, I liked it. I wasn’t originally trained as an elementary school teacher, so learning the five research-based recommendations for what should be included in teacher training helped fill the void. Although I wish the article had ended with examples of the strategies it recommends, I still found this one useful as a starting point.
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BloomBoard Asks:What management strategies work better with younger children?
Janine DillerMiddle School High School Early Childhood EducationMay 19, 2016
My favorite classroom management strategy was keeping the classroom interesting and focused. If students are actively engaged, they are not misbehaving. I also used proximity control by walking around my classroom, touching the desk or paper of a student who seems to have wandering attention to draw their focus back to the activity.