Classroom Management: How to Plan & Prepare a System

Having a strong classroom management plan ensures learning can remain front and center in your classroom. But, how do you get there?
This post will help you plan and implement a classroom management system from start to finish.

How to Prepare a Classroom Management System

First, you need to decide what type of classroom environment you want to create. If you could label a “vibe,” what would you call it? This will help guide you to developing a system that will ensure that vibe becomes a reality.

Second, the foundation of every classroom management system is structure. This structure is created by having rules and procedures. Be sure to keep your rules clear, simple and limited to only the most important. A laundry list of rules will be hard for students to remember and for teachers to uphold. (Examples could include: keep hands to yourself or show up daily ready to learn with your mind and materials.) Procedures should also be clear, simple, and created only for the most common classroom tasks and routines. (Examples could include: sharpening pencils, using the restroom, or checking out a book in the classroom library.)

Thirdly, classroom management is strengthened when teachers plan their lessons with that structure in mind. They write specifically what students will do and how they will do it. By planning lessons with this in mind, teachers can prevent misbehaviors. When you can envision how your classroom will operate, it is much easier to create a system to make sure that happens.

How to Implement a Classroom Management System

Once you have thoroughly planned your classroom management system, it is time to roll it out! Introduce students to your expectations by explaining the purpose behind having structure in the classroom. You need students to be invested in the rules and procedures so that they will not only follow it themselves, but they will hold each other accountable too.

Students are visual learners and will want to see what these things looks like in action. Modeling rules and procedures will ensure students are on the same page with what you expect of them because you explicitly showed them what and how to do it.

It’s important that students get active in the learning process too. Have them stand up and practice those common routines or act out rule followers vs. rule breakers. Not only is this highly engaging but it helps students process the information.

It is important to remember that you have to continue reminding students of your classroom management plan, especially after a long break from school.¬†Rewind and refresh rules and procedures often. You don’t have to spend as much time as you did initially, but you do have to dedicate time to review.

Lastly, the greatest way to ensure students continue adhering to the classroom management structure is to shout out students adhering to rules and procedures. Students want to be caught doing great things and this is the perfect way to do that.

One Final Thought: There is no one right way to manage a classroom. As long as you have followed the tips above, learning will remain front and center at all times. Remember, Prepare- Implement-Review is the name of the game!
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About the author, Gretchen

I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.