Posted: March 11th, 2023
It is not wise to relax norms and procedures because of the reduced class size and the seeming ease of the students. Maintaining a consistent classroom environment is essential for fostering a productive learning environment, regardless of the pupils' demographic make-up. Assuming a lesson would be simple can also lead to complacency, which can cause issues later on.
Using a "Do Now" or "Bell Ringer" activity is one way to get children focused and working right away. Students in higher grades benefit the most from this method, but it can be modified for use with elementary schoolers as well.
In the first few minutes of class, the instructor might write a brief task on the board that is somewhat connected to the day's material. This can be in the form of a question, a problem, or a brief writing prompt. As soon as they enter the classroom, students would be expected to work quietly and independently to complete the exercise. Another tool a teacher might use to get kids working quickly is to use a timer (Marzano, Marzano & Pickering, 2003).
Having students begin working on an effective activity as soon as they enter the classroom using a Do Now exercise can help set the tone for the rest of the time. In addition, it eases the transition from students' pre-class socializing to their actual academic work, which cuts down on their time wasted at the outset of the session.
In order to finish a project, students will cooperate with others they've been placed with.
Pupils will consider the points of view of their peers and act accordingly.
The class will have a high level of group communication.
During group projects, students will exhibit knowledge of social norms.
Reminding pupils of the rules and helping them refocus on their work are two examples of disciplinary measures that could be implemented. Teacher intervention, in the form of a timeout or loss of privilege, may be necessary if a student's bad behavior persists.
In collaboration with others, Carolyn Evertson created the Classroom Organization and Management Program (COMP). The program's foundation is in social learning theory, which highlights the roles of modeling and reinforcement in teaching desirable behaviors.
The program's basic tenets are centered on creating a welcoming classroom environment, communicating requirements for student conduct, and facilitating a well-organized setting for instruction. The program also stresses the value of strong teacher-student bonds and the application of positive reinforcement in the classroom (Marzano, Marzano & Pickering, 2003).
Regarding classroom regulations, COMP offers suggestions on how to define and communicate appropriate norms for student conduct and daily activities.
Marzano, R., Marzano, J., & Pickering, D. (2003). Classroom management that works.
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