After the first few weeks of school, you might notice students testing you more and more. The freshness of the year is over, and you may become a bit lax on your rules as you get busier.
It’s time to introduce some fresh tactics to manage the classroom. Remember, what works for one group may not work for another, so it’s good to have a long list of tricks in your bag. Have fun exploring the ideas below. Use what works, and leave what doesn’t!
Teacher Language, Actions, and Tools
Use a lower voice. Students will listen differently.
Instead of telling students what NOT to do, use positive language to tell them what TO do: “Please walk.” instead of “No running!”
Enter students with positive behavior into a weekly drawing for prizes.
If your school uses a positive reward system, like Character Counts or PBIS, fully integrated into your art program.
Put positive behaviors into a jar when you see them and then read a few at the end of class.
Choose a mystery student to watch during clean up. If the chosen student is on task, they receive recognition and a sticker at the end of class.
Try novel incentives like, “take off your shoes while working at your seat” or “sit in the teacher’s chair for 10 minutes.”
Put three identical items, like plastic cups, on each table. If the table is noisy or not following directions, take one away. The goal is to keep the items on the table.
Keep a marble jar. Students earn marbles for good behavior and receive a reward when the goal is met.
Write the letters ART on the board. Loud classroom volume results in lost letters. When the letters are gone, students must work silently for the rest of class.
Use a stoplight image for class behavior. Move from green to yellow to red and implement consequences when necessary.
Apply the principle, “Three strikes and you’re out” to a variety of situations.
Develop a point system for table groups.
What classroom management tip is your favorite?
What else would you add to this list?
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