April 2024 Newsletter – Classroom Management: Classroom Management Strategies

Classroom Management Strategies

Classroom management strategies support learning and provide the appropriate environment where students can thrive and develop. Whether your classroom consists of toddlers or 4-year-olds heading off to kindergarten, providing an appropriate environment that fosters learning is a crucial part of an educator’s job.

Let’s look at some strategies for creating engaging and enjoyable learning environments. It is important to remember to adapt these strategies to match children’s ages and needs.

  • Establish strong relationships with children. Build bonds with children. Show them respect and assure them that you are there to help them whenever they need you.  Communicate gently and model cooperation. Doing so builds trust.
  • A well-managed classroom has clear expectations. Rules and expectations should be clearly defined for children. Create a list of positive phrases that communicate the expected behaviors children should use in the classroom. Post these expectations prominently in the classroom, using both words and illustrations. Review the expectations frequently and as necessary when issues arise. Employ logical consequences and problem-solving strategies to address behaviors that do not align with the expectations.
  • Recognize children who are engaging in the behavior you expect to see. You do not need to give away stickers or prizes; simply acknowledge children’s actions that align with the expectations. Thank the children for helping to clean up. Recognize their efforts, even if their attempts fall short of expectations because doing so can encourage them to keep trying.
  • Evaluate the physical layout of the room to determine whether a different arrangement would be more effective. Eliminate runways to prevent running indoors. Move the block area to a corner of the classroom to protect builders and their work. ECE classrooms should offer a wide variety of well-organized materials to prevent clutter. Rotate materials to create novelty and avoid excess materials that can be overwhelming.
  • Plan developmentally appropriate activities that reflect children’s interests and abilities. Gather all materials and be prepared for activities to reduce children’s wait time. Have alternative plans in place in case the lesson falls flat or is wrapped up more quickly than expected. Be flexible and follow the children’s lead.
  • A classroom management strategy that is often overlooked is effective communication with families in an effort to create consistency between home and school. Families can offer insight into children’s unique needs and interests. It is helpful to communicate routines and expectations with families so they can talk with their children about these classroom elements. Keep lines of communication open but be sure to share more positive anecdotes with families to keep relationships strong.

In addition to these strategies, establishing clear routines and transitions are also elements of a well-managed classroom.  Keep reading to learn more.

 

For the main article Well-Managed Classrooms Make for Positive Learning Environments, CLICK HERE

For the article What is Classroom Management and Why is it Important?, CLICK HERE

For the article Consistent Routines, CLICK HERE

For the article Effective Transitions, CLICK HERE