and collected classroom environment. If you missed Part 1 be sure to check it out here.
mere couple of days. I made a list of areas where is it easy to slip up and be inconsistent:
- bathroom passes – I gave students two passes per six weeks for the restroom or to go to their locker. Instead of saying no, “I would say, do you have a pass?”. This put the ball in their court and they could decide it it was worth it.
- tardy students – Is the student tardy when the bell rings? What if they are in the door but not in their seat? Do they need to be completing the warm up to be on time? Decide what works best for you, what you can reasonably manage and provide consequences for, and then communicate that over and over and over again.
- the last 2-3 minutes of class – As class is wrapping up and students are beginning to pack up their belongings, what
is the expectation for their movement and talking? I would highly suggest that you communicate that you dismiss not the bell. Now to be consistent in this is more difficult. I found it to be extremely successful to begin by giving them more than ample time to pack up. Then, I would say that IF everyone was packed up, quiet, and in their seats, ONCE the bell rang I
would dismiss them. If not, we would wait until those three
things were accomplished. After a week or two of them having plenty of time, they will get in the routine and when a time crunch occurs, they will be quick and ready to go.
- responding to the teacher – Will you call on specific students Will you say a specific phrase if you want them to call out the answer? Will you acknowledge an answer that is shouted out? As teachers we want to encourage class participation and are excited that students know the answer, sometimes we struggle to teach the practice of raising their hand.
proactive in parent communication than reactive. I would often say something like, “I have noticed this is becoming a pattern and wanted to address it with you while the consequences are still small”. Typically parents are grateful and appreciate you going out of your way.