Last week, I had the opportunity to sit in a classroom with one of our principals and conduct a side-by-side observation of one of her teachers. Afterward we talked about what we saw and what good instruction looks like. It was a stark reminder to me that for all of our talk about national and system issues surrounding schools, it all begins in the classroom. We need to give our teachers good resources and coach them to improve. Our students deserve the best teachers!
Last October, I presented a special issue on Classroom Management. I’m only going to list resources I came across in the past year. Here is the link to the last Classroom Management special issue (Oct 23rd, 2016) : https://www.smore.com/jzw3v Here are some resources:
- What Motivates Employees More: Rewards or Punishments? In the Harvard Business Review takes us a little off course from classroom management, but it is still worth considering. After all, isn’t classroom management essentially the motivation of the unmotivated?
- The blogger “TeacherTrap” presents a great Classroom Management Makeover that discusses punishments and rewards in the classroom
- The More Innovative I have become, the less classroom management..” is a great blog post by George Couros. George is a great blogger to follow!
- When Vicki Davis interviews Larry Ferlazzo on her podcast about classroom management, it is the collision of two great educators.
- Learning Students’ Names and Improving Classroom Management is a great blog post by Laura Lee Moss (the “ELA Teacher”)
- Edutopia presents 7 Tips for Better Classroom Management as well as Classroom Management Essentials for New Teachers
- Jennifer Gonzalez (the “Cult of Pedagogy” blogger) presents Managing Misbehavior in the College Classroom which is relevant to secondary teachers, Classroom Management: 4 Keys to Starting the Year Off Right and 10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Management
- The “PeachforTeach” blogger has a great blog post filled with recommendations for teachers entitled “How to Stop Calling Out & ‘Class Clown’ Behaviors”
- Blogger and school administrator David Geurin has a great perspective on leadership vs. management in the context of classroom management 7 Ways ‘Classroom Leadership’ is Better than ‘Classsroom Management’
- How to Get Your Students to Follow Directions by blogger Jennifer Findley is full of great recommendations
- eSchoolNews has a slew of resources for classroom management