Kindergarten Classroom Rules We encourage all students to follow each of our classroom rules daily.1. Classroom management is as much about instructional design and relationships as it is rules and discipline.
Smarties:I give out Smarties before assessments or any other time extra brain power is needed! Enter your email address to follow diaryofanelearner and receive notifications of new posts by email. Think about different ways to arrange your students’ seating to change the conversation pattern in the classroom. I went to graduate school at a small, state-funded Liberal Arts College in the State of New York. A good friend of mine, whose formal training was in secondary education, was the first person to bring the idea of classroom structure to my attention. Many of us, especially college instructors, hear the term classroom management and immediately think of the behavioral problems most common among younger pupils. It is this first aspect, content management, which is defined by Froyen & Iverson (1999) as, “when teachers manage space, materials, equipment, the movement of people, and lessons that are part of a curriculum or program of studies,” that is most often overlooked. The physical set-up of the classroom is very important, we all inherently know that, but perhaps more important is the alteration of that physical setting as a means to encourage deeper thinking, different student-to-student and student-to-teacher interactions, as well as “subvert” the classroom social structure that can lead to problems in the other two classroom management fields. Row seating, though functional, can attribute to student boredom and encourage non-participation. Large Circle – we all remember our first upper division college course or graduate school seminar that, rather than desks, sat us all around one, bigconference table. Debate Setting (Divided Floor) – Technically, this is simply a modified row seating, but the idea of placing the center of the classroom, rather than the front, as the focal point can help to stir up conversation, easily break a group of students into two teams and allow for a new dynamic to emerge as students pick a “side.” It’s important to set up debate seating to reflect the exact number of students in your class, though.
As the college semester hits its midterm and students in K-12 classes begin to fall into the rhythm of mid-fall social roles, taking the time before class to reconsider the physical make up of your seating chart can be just the punch you need to get ideas flowing and students reengaged. This entry was posted in Classroom Management, Teaching and tagged classroom, classroom management, classroom seating, classroom structure by AD Midd. AD is a college writing teacher whose work experience includes everything from coordinating YMCA after-school programs for at-risk youth to tutoring developmental writing students to general classroom instruction.
In addition to writing professionally, AD currently teaches a range of adult community college students in both online and physical classroom settings. Though there are certainly exceptional situations, in general the more you’re having to hold them under your thumb, the more likely it is adjustments are necessary elsewhere.
A properly managed class is productive and positive, while a overly disciplined class is rigid and lacks creativity.

Students are smart and know when you are just trying to wing it, and they will resent you for trying. How can you expect your students to do what you want if they don’t understand what you want them to do? Don’t play favorites with your students, or else you will jeopardize your authority as a teacher and classroom leader. We don’t all have to be entertainers in the class, but we must be able to craft lessons and activities that are interactive and captivating. Complaining about students to other colleagues just creates a negative teaching atmosphere. A simple compliment can go a long way to changing a student’s overall attitude and demeanor. The program itself was rather large though, since graduate-level English courses were taken by people on a number of degree paths, education among them.
Even as adults and educational professionals, we fell into predictable patterns while taking our courses.
When teachers arrange desks in a “U” shape, those students hiding in the back get put front and center.
The first time you set up a classroom in clusters, cliques will obviously emerge and band together, but if you vary the size of each cluster – 2 desks in one spot, 5 in another – choices will have to be made that may reveal a lot about your students. Writing this article has already got me imagining ideas to shock my English 101 students after midterms. The students who do not finish the work put it in the More Time basket and finish it another time throughout the day or for morning work the next morning.
Our purpose in these classes was to read and discuss literature, but our diverse backgrounds in education (my fellow students ranged from elementary teachers to the other college-level instructors in my program) allowed for a certain degree of pedagogy to permeate every course we took. Everyone would arrive at approximately the same time each week, some early, some late, and we would sit in our self-designated “spots.” Then, one night, about midway through the semester, my friend arrived before everyone one evening and sat in a desk opposite from his usual place. In a lecture environment, using the “U” over traditional rowseating helps to open up discussion among students since they literally face one another. While this at first can seem to create tension in a classroom, the simple act of discussing people’s seating choices in these situations can open the floor for character discussions.
As an adult educator, many of the learning theories that I focused upon differed from those of my peers in those literature classes, but there was one theme that we all seemed to share: classroom management. As the teacher, by getting down and sitting in a desk yourself, you come on eye level with students which can change the way they perceive you.
Rather than a permanent setting, using cluster seating during projects or to make that greater point about classroom dynamic can send a powerful message.

Assessment is coming in two weeks.) Oh never have two such important words sounded so boring. In creative classes, like writing and art, this change can really impact a student’s willingness to share her work and comment upon that of others. Research has shown that students not only learn better in well-managed classrooms, but they prefer a well-managed classroom to one that is always on the verge of chaos.
Since children are fairly well-versed in creating and sustaining chaos, this may surprise you, but it’s true.So what goes into classroom management?
If you (God help you) are doing the Teachers’ College nonsense, you will need to explicitly teach how Reading and Writing Workshops are supposed to work. With any luck, you will have been given a book or a binder on this by your administration, but, after all, this is the DOE. By all means, if there are department-wide, grade-wide, or building-wide routines on any of those things, follow them to the letter. First of all, if they’re already established and running, kids are more likely to simply assume that things are the same in your classroom and do them without being told.
Also, frankly, you have a lot of decisions to make and it will save you some time to follow someone else’s routine.
It’s okay if the actual teaching of this stuff is somewhat straightforward and lacking in the bells and whistles. Please trust me when I say that your students will appreciate straightforward, easy stuff for a few days. If they see that they can please you by walking into the room quietly, taking out a notebook, and starting a Do Now (for example), well, they’re very likely to try the next thing you suggest.
But remember that it can be embarrassing for older kids, especially boys, to be praised very publicly.
Try to be discreet in your praise until you know the kids well—a smile, a thumbs-up, a nod. Then, every so often, the tickets go into a pool and the winners, say two or three in a class, get to pick out a prize. That helps me save money while still making all students feel special and recognized.If you have suggestions for other routines or other ways to get students on board with following them, please do post them in the comments.

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