The bloom is gone.
I’ve been talking with some teachers this week. A few of them mentioned behavior problems seem to be popping up everywhere. The kids had settled in and everyone is a little tired of school and homework and deadlines and getting up early.
So were the teachers.
My own history class has not been immune to these problems. I decided I needed to do something. So I did what all good teachers do when they need an idea—I jumped on Pinterest. I launched a search for middle school classroom management strategies.
I found a great free resource by Linda Kardimis. (Even veteran teachers need a little help now and then!) I enrolled in her free classroom management series and made time in my schedule to view her short informative videos. I also asked a first year teacher to join me (young and old collaborating together!). What I learned has made a huge difference in my class!
The main problem with my class was the room. It was not set up so I could function according to my personal teaching style. Linda’s advice to shake it up gave me the kick in the pants I needed to make a change. I asked the teacher next door if I could use her room for my class. She said yes, she would do her planning time in the coffee cafe to free up her classroom.
I told one of my more social students of the classroom change (by second hour the whole class knew of the switch). I also posted a the seating chart outside our new classroom so my students would know where to sit. Finally, I moved my teaching supplies over to the new room.
When 6th hour came, we practiced procedures, went over expectations and got to work.
The results were immediate and dramatic. After about 30 minutes of productive classwork, a couple of my students remarked (unsolicited by me) our new environment caused them to feel very relaxed and calm—strange byproducts of a strategy called Shake it Up. I felt the same way. Blessed relief!
When things aren’t going well, do something! Try something! Take a chance! Sometimes to make progress, you have to Shake Things Up!
How are things going in your classroom?
Do you need to shake things up? Leave me a comment below about the changes you plan to make. I’d love to hear from you!
By Mary Kay Kane
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