4 Fundamental Tips on Effective Classroom Management for Elementary School

If you took time out to observe an elementary school classroom, you would come to a healthy conclusion that teachers in these schools are real life superheroes.

How they utilize and maximize so many different tools and engage students in learning and model positive community would definitely amaze you.

Elementary school teachers are expected to tap into the convergent and divergent thinking and behavior of students while maintaining a healthy balance between the two.

Amidst every other responsibility, achieving this can be a bit tasking. So, in this article, I’ll be sharing four tips elementary school teachers can employ in effective classroom management.

Build content-related anticipation

Having an exciting and engaging curriculum is a sure way of getting the best out of elementary students.

Many of these students, aged 5-11, are still developing parts of their brain responsible for optimum functioning and are willing to participate in make-believe.

Teachers can take advantage of the curiosity in these kids and by creating a sense of wonder.

Rehearse transitions

Rehearsing transitions and calculated interruptions is another way of setting students up for success.

This entails assigning different roles to students, discussing this role such that students can then think and make their own decisions when faced with an interruption.

It helps them make calculated moves and choices when faced with similar real-life situations.

For a successful transitioning, teachers are expected to secure the students’ attention, explain the procedure in clear and concise language (this could be non-verbal and include; clapping of hands, snapping, music etc), and also create a sense of urgency to make it fun and exciting.

Coach students in self-regulation and mindfulness

This involves educating students on techniques to calm their bodies and minds in order for them to engage and participate in collaborative and independent tasks.

Studies show that students who participate in mindfulness education and self-regulation record significant improvements in sustained attention.

Some self-regulation techniques include; visual reminders, practicing self-control using games, breathing exercises, guided meditations, etc.

Use classroom jobs

Classroom jobs enhance positive classroom culture and it is a great tool for building connections between classmates.

This tip gives students the opportunity to explore career paths, other interests and cultivate their talents.

It is important to take into consideration the nature of students before offering roles.

Extroverted students would prefer a more outgoing job while introverted students will do well with more silent jobs as there are jobs that lets one contribute without speaking.

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