By Chelsea Lamb:
Managing a primary or secondary school classroom requires so much more planning and preparation than meets the eye. In fact, the organization done behind the scenes is what allows it all to come together in the end. Here are some tips to ensure that educators have everything in place to teach your students well.
Create a list of rules and expectations
Creating a list of rules and expectations at the start of the school year is an excellent way to get everyone in the mindset of what's expected of them. This should also help when it comes to setting boundaries and expectations regarding how students should behave toward one another so that a culture of respect is built early on. Sending out regular notices on school-friendly apps, such as D6, is how it's usually done, which helps keep everyone updated and notified of what's happening.
Make sure your classroom is organized
The layout of your classroom is essential. Be sure to create a layout that will help foster growth and learning by using colors and making sure it is task-focused, allowing students to reflect on what they've learned from time to time—all in an organized manner, of course. Be sure to check out these classroom layouts for some inspiration.
Adjust your teaching style
If your teaching style is working for some of your students but not all, it may be time to start thinking outside the box in terms of adjusting your teaching style where needed. This should create the atmosphere and order you're looking for, as you'll have already done all the prep work to make learning for each individual student easier.
Make it an exciting experience for the students
Classrooms tend to thrive when there is an expectation that students can still have fun while learning. This approach might also be helpful when it comes to encouraging your students to be more open-minded with regard to their learning material. Plus, it'll create cherished memories they are likely to reminisce about even as they advance into adulthood.
Set achievable goals
While it is always great to have an ultimate goal in mind, establishing a set of mini-goals may be more helpful to increase the likelihood of achieving your main objective. Moreover, measuring your success as each of these goals is reached should spur you on to reach the next one, and the next one, and the next.
Use technology to organize your classroom better
Technology is a beneficial tool to assist you with proper classroom management. Furthermore, if you have lots of paperwork to deal with on a daily basis, digital tools can help you organize your paperwork better by allowing you to add multiple pages to a PDF file. This will show you how to add a PDF page if you are unsure how to do this and how to delete, reorder, or rotate pages if you need to.
It may look like organization comes easy to a teacher when viewed from the outside in. However, maintaining that level of organization to the point where you are always on top of things may, in actual fact, not be as easy or as simple as you’d prefer. This is where technology and digitizing paperwork have got you covered if you fall behind in this area.
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Chelsea Lamb has spent the last eight years honing her tech skills and is the resident tech specialist and co-founder of BusinessPop.net. Her goal is to demystify some of the technical aspects of business ownership and entrepreneurship.