With the holidays approaching, I bet you have noticed a new level of excitement in the students you teach. I bet that level of excitement is only going to increase in the coming weeks. This is why I have dedicated this week to Classroom Management here on AOE. This month I also have tons of color lesson resources, lesson plans and formative assessments to share with you, but this topic seemed to be calling me to an increased urgency. I am ready to start today!
I am not going to re-do my classroom management plan. I am going to reaffirm my commitment to my classroom management plan and take steps along a journey to improve and be more accountable to my plan. Join me along for the journey this week. I really want see if taking some expert tips and a renewed commitment will make a difference.
I recently discovered a website called “Smart Classroom Management”If you have not visited this site, it is definitely worth your time!
I spent a few hours on this site, trying to glean some tips I could take and apply to the art classroom. The posts this week will be using tips and tricks that Michael Linsin (blogger and author of the book “Dream Class) has given on his blog. I do not take the credit for most of these tips, however, I will be using them and making direct applications from his strategies to the art room.
First of all WHY am I focusing on classroom management?
This week, that all changes!
Managing students can be stressful. The day goes so much better when “the kids are good.” According to Michael from Smart Classroom Management, these are some of the consequences of poor classroom management:
I won’t go so far as to say I am to this point, but the whole idea is to never get there. I want to avoid the burnout I see all around me. I want to start today! Each day I will either introduce a new strategy to you or reflect on how my plan is going this week. I am excited to dig deep and make some improvements! Will you join me?
Today’s Goal: Stay Calm
Decide that you will stay calm and relaxed no matter what happens that day. Commit yourself to handling every situation, every unforeseen circumstance, and every behavior with poise and confidence.
Wish me luck on Goal #1, which is based upon Michael’s Decide First Method.
Who is going to join me this week?