A few months ago, a fellow school counselor emailed me some questions – one of which was related to classroom management. After I responded to her, I realized this was probably worth a blog post. After all, most of us elementary school counselors spend significant time in the classroom…and very few of us received training in grad school on how to actually manage the class!
I’m included in this. My first year I knew nothing other than what I saw in the two minutes I observed teachers teaching before they handed their class over to me.
And I still have days sometimes where I know my classroom management isn’t great. I like to think I’ve come a long way though. Here are some small things I’ve found to be helpful:
1. A well-planned lesson is your best offense here. If you account for everything ahead of time, you won’t have to spend nearly as much time during the lesson managing behaviors. How will you distribute materials? How do you expect them to share? Are students already grouped how you will need? Do you know how to operate any needed technology in the room? Have you planned for your lowest and highest students?