Classroom Management: Tools, Techniques and Strategies

Classroom Management: Tools, Techniques and Strategies

The term “Classroom Management” comprises of the never-ending number of functions an educator has to take care of.

Highlighting the key things, classroom activities, student behaviors, student performance, keeping students organized, orderly, focused, attentive, on task, and academically productive and many other such things that educators have to  look after. With these and so much more to do I think effective teachers tend to display strong classroom-management skills. Because an educator is the driving force within a classroom, a class filled with students who are not working or paying attention is a reflection of ineffectiveness of an educator. To help educators with so much to do and take care, in this post I’ve mentioned some of the best tools and tips that can help educators with all that is “Classroom Management”!

Enlisted are some tools that you can use to manage your classroom, check’em out!

  1. Socrative

Socrative is an instant response system for students. The teacher can design a quiz and release it to the students, and the students can use their phones to input their answers. Their answers will be displayed to the teacher in real-time, allowing them to have an in-depth understanding of how well all of the students in the class is grasping the concept tested. Quizzes come in multiple-choice question, True or False, or short answers, the type of quick questions one can easily enter via mobile device. This helps teachers gather feedback on a lecture at the end of a session, aka Exit Tickets. The quizzes can also be shared among the teachers.

  1. Teacher Vision

This is a one-stop shop for all the teaching resources you can imagine. With more than 22,000 examples of lesson plans, printable worksheets and teaching strategies, TeacherVision offers everything from guides on classroom management to ideas for games to enhance classroom interaction. Search by subject, grade or theme to build a comprehensive plan.

  1. LearnBoost

Learn Boost helps teachers record, organize and sort individual student progress. It also allows teachers to develop and organize lesson plans, share student progress with parents and students, and can also be integrated with Google Apps, making it a convenient time saver.

  1. Engrade

This innovative platform provides teachers with an all-in-one grade book that offers attendance charts, grade books, calendars, seating charts, behavior tracking, and more. It also gives teachers access to 3rd party lesson content, the ability to create custom tests aligned with common core standards, and a way to track individual student progress.

  1. Teacher Kit

It is a wonderful app for teachers; it act as personal organizer for them. It assists tutors to arrange their classes as well as their students. It’s simple and in-built interface allows teachers to keep a track of the grades, behavior and attendance of their students. Some important features of this amazing app are:

-Better customer support model

-24*7 app support team

-Responsive, effective and convenient app

Techniques and Strategies for Classroom Management:

- Establish a positive relationship with the class: Expect that some students will test you by misbehaving. When they do, isolate the student misbehaving and not yourself by walking out of the class. It’s important to stay united with the rest of the class. Its important to establish positive relationship with the whole class as it will help you a lot.

- Eye the Disturbance: Nonverbal Intervention is when teachers establish eye contact or make gestures that let students know they are off-task, not paying attention, or misbehaving. The technique helps teachers efficiently and silently manage student behavior without disrupting a lesson.

- Tight Transitions is a technique in which teachers establish transition routines that students learn and can execute quickly and repeatedly without much direction from a teacher. For example, a teacher might say “reading time,” and students will know that they are expected to stop what they are working on, put away their materials, get their books, and begin reading silently on their own. This technique helps to maximize instructional time by reducing the disarray and delay that might accompany transitions between activities.

- Praise what and when you can: This involves calling attention to the things your students are doing that meet your expectations. It enables you to restate and reinforce the expectations for student behavior in a non-negative way. By narrating on-task behavior, you enable students who may have misheard you the first time to hear exactly what you expect of them. It's easier for students to meet your expectations when it's amply clear what you expect of them.

It shows your students that you're with it, that you're very aware of what's happening in the classroom. When they see and hear that you see and hear pretty much everything, they know that you mean business and that even their smallest actions matter.

- And lastly Love your Students and stand firmly against behavior that doesn't meet your expectations or reflect their inner greatness. Too many students have internalized a profound sense of their own inadequacy, and it is upon us to remind them of their infinite value. By loving our students unconditionally, we remind them of their true worth. The students know how educators feel about them. If you don't like them or if see them as a behavior problem they know it. Maya Angelou said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." So, it’s important that you make them feel loved and even mre important that they know, you believe in them.

Now it’s your turn to share all that you do and use to manage your classroom.

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About the Author
Author: Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is a blogger by profession and has an increasing interest to write about the edtech space. While writing she keeps in mind the educators to come up with right resources and ideas which might be relevant for them in relation to effective use of technology in their profession and institutions/classrooms.
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