Classroom management was something that did NOT come easy to me.  I had to work really hard to build up my skills, and every day since I still have to work at it.  My dear friends over at our blab group talked about classroom management the other day!  I was supposed to have this post all ready to go, but ended up running out of time. Check it out, share it round, and add your comments to tell me what else you think I've missed!!

  1. Learn their names.  QUICKLY!
  2. Use a soft voice
  3. Lower your voice when correcting student behaviour.  They will respond better to it.
  4. Use non verbal cues to gain attention
  5. Only speak when students are all quiet
  6. Assume the best of your students
  7. Set high expectations
  8. Praise your students 
  9. Don't settle for "good enough".  If you expect your students to be silent, don't continue until they are
  10. Create a team environment in your class
  11. Keep your students with you when they mis behave.  You are the one with the relationship with them, not the principal
  12. Have them walk with you as a consequence at break time
  13. Use class dojo!  
  14. Talk to your kids parents about positive things as well as the negative issues you have
  15. Write N-O-I-S-E on the board.  Rub out a letter each time the class gets too noisy.  When the word is gone, kids must be silent
  16. Clip charts (You should know that I'm NOT a fan!!) but there are people that swear by them.  Class dojo is better
  17. Teach respect 
  18. Expect respect
  19. Model respect
  20. Have a buddy class that you read with.  You can then use this relationship you've built up as a safe place to send students who need a time out
  21. Be consistent
  22. Be firm - but fair
  23. Establish rules together.  That way you will have student buy in
  24. Be positive in your conversations with students and teachers
  25. Don't look at your students records until after a month at school. Allow yourself time to get to know the students you have BEFORE you find out what their previous teacher thought
  26. NEVER say "oh they are from ... family", or compare them to siblings you may have taught before
  27. Develop leadership qualities in your students regardless of their age/grade level
  28. Be aware of different learning styles
  29. Avoid confrontations in front of your students
  30. Greet your students each and every morning by name
  31. Use proximity to your advantage.  Wander through your students as they are working to keep an eye on things
  32. As the teacher - you be the one that writes the date on your students work.  Set your students off on their task, and then wander around and write the date in the margin of their work.  This is a great way to check that everyone is working on the correct page or that they understand what they are doing!
  33. Be organised
  34. Dress nicely
  35. Brush your hair
  36. Wear nice clothes
  37. (Ok so all the above might seem obvious!! but the more care you take with your appearance, the more the kids you have will know that you want to be there, and the more they will want to be there too!!)
  38. Be organised
  39. Be flexible
  40. Have fun!
  41. Have clear routines
  42. Spend more time observing what is happening in your room, rather than reacting to the kids
  43. Take responsibility for your students, both academically and behaviourally
  44. Respond to disruption with as little further interruption as possible
  45. Start fresh every day!
  46. Make the rules you have simple
  47. Check out Whole Brain Teaching rules
  48. Keep your learning environment clean and tidy
  49. Don't over stimulate your students
  50. Use Brag Tags 
An a bonus tip - add in a little bit of LOVE! 

What other classroom management ideas do you have?

WOW!  It's finally here!! The launch of our super awesome blog - Focussed on Fifth!

Focused on Fifth
I've joined with some of my favourite teacher-author/bloggers, and we have a brand new blog all about the wonders of 5th grade.

Now you might be thinking - but Erin, don't you teach 2/3rd grade now?  And you'd be right!  In fact I might even move down the grades in coming years.  HOWEVER, I spent the first 9 years of my career teaching 4-7th grade, so I'm still full of ideas and things to share with you.

If you are quick then you can enter the giveaway!  10 people will win a prize package worth nearly $40, and one lucky winner will win all that AND a $35 TPT gift card!

So what are you waiting for?!  Head over now and follow us to enter and win!!!

Hey hey hey!

Can you believe that it's September already?! Not me!  Not only did August FLY by, but the year is going by so quickly!

Here in New Zealand we are so close to our Spring holiday break.  3 and a half weeks and we will be on the count down to summer!  Makes me feel better about the summer snaps that have filled my insta feed over the past few months.

Y'all know Farley right?  Surely you do.  I'm heading over to her blog - Oh Boy 4th Grade to link up for another CURRENTLY!

Listening - It's just come on New Zealand Netflix, and I'm jumping on the band wagon... Noooooot sure if it's my cup of tea.  I'm not affected by blood and guts, but the demonic supernatural things I'm not really a big fan of.  We'll see if this carries on to become an addiction, or if I stop at episode 3...

Loving - Ummmm this was HAAARRRRDDD!!!  I am loving so many things right now.  I'm totally 100% in LOOOOOOVVEEE with - seriously you should all get in on this!  I've made so many super fun friends, and the PD that you get from the conversations is incredible!  Head over there now and subscribe to some of my most favourite blabs - The Teacher Blab Show, Global Edventures (Which is one that I'm a co-host for!!), and the awesome Shameless Sunday Teacher Talk.
These are co-hosted by some of your favourite bloggers - Mrs Shipley, Miss Meg, Sheila Jane teaching, Ms Idealistic, And SOOOOO many more!
Check out these pictures for a few more things I'm loving right now - including my super cute nephew who is 7 weeks old today!

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Thinking - Yeah so the biggest news item in my country right now is allllll about us getting a new flag.  You'd seriously think that we were all being sent to war or something.  It's a bit ridiculous.  The issue? Our flag looks too similar to Australia's.  Which is true.  But hey!

Wanting - Well part of this is happening!  I'm heading to Australia next weekend for a belated 30th birthday trip with my mum, cousin, and aunt.  We are heading to Melbourne and going to see Lion King.  I am excited.  I really want a loooong holiday, preferably on a tropical island with a cocktail in my hand.

Needing - Be positive.  It's something I need to work on.  I don't want to get jaded about things.  I want to be a shining light in a dark place.
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Finally, my three goals!

  1. I need to do a month sugar free.  Starting tomorrow - because I've got a beer in my hand right now...
  2. I teach piano too!  Woop woop.  I only have one student right now, but I will be putting a flyer out this week so hopefully a few more kids want to become awesome too!
  3. I've started boot camp and pump, but I need to get some cardio into my routine!  Countdown to summer is on!
Have a great week!  What are you looking forward to this month?

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