Check out these ideas on classroom management, from a guy whose number one goal for the first day has no doubt been in your Facebook feed recently!
It’s the Saturday before school starts. I should be doing many things, but instead I was on Pinterest. I don’t know how that happened. I guess it was just open from some other day when I didn’t have so many things to do and…
Well, point being, I think a lot of us saw this graphic being shared on Facebook in the last few weeks:
I love it!
Little did I know, until today, when I actually clicked through on a Pinterest link to read about Michael Linsin, that this quote is from a podcast on Smart Classroom Management.
Wait, what? Right?
Look, I’m not going to lie. I do not think that classroom management is my strong point. I always feel like such a downer when it is time for consequences, even though I have made those consequences clear. In writing. All over my room. And on my podium. I want students to feel GREAT about my class, and for some reason it is hard to remember that classroom management is part of making my classroom a great place, not a detractor from its greatness.
The fact that the above quote comes from a guy who encourages you to “enforce like a robot” and “treat infractions quickly and with no emotion” may on its face seem contradictory… As I thought about it, though, it made total sense. If I get emotional about a kid having a phone out or whatever, I’m adding a complication that doesn’t need to be there, doesn’t help the situation, and probably exacerbates it. And makes me spend emotion on something I really am not emotional about. And if I’m emotional and inconsistent about reacting to infractions, then I guess I would deserve it if students felt I was emotional and inconsistent about reacting to infractions.
So, my new year’s resolution is to remember to be robot-like and consistent when it comes to infractions, but to, more importantly, manage my classroom in such a way that students are excited to be there, even after they have messed up a bit.