What is classroom management? A research published in the International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering, and Education (IJCRSEE) attempted to answer this question.
It defined classroom management as “a process that includes different activities done by teacher and student alike, but also teaching subjects that have to be aligned with both the needs and abilities of the students, and the previously established teaching goals.”
Moreover, “Classroom management is a process that allows teachers to control the learning and direction of their classroom. Teachers use classroom management to keep students focused on learning while preventing disruption from slowing the learning process.”Get started Skolera for FREE
Tomorrow will mark the end of the second month of the 2019 school year; nevertheless searching for good technological classroom management strategies is a year-long top priority concern for teachers and educators. (Read “How LMS Can Help You Motivate Your Students.”)
Teachers are mostly focused on learning classroom management strategies that deal with the following:
- Class disruption, bullying, and peer pressure.
- Identifying weaknesses and strengths.
- Punishment, incentives, and building rapport.
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Moreover, there are a wide range of classroom management strategies published online for teachers to use. However, on the threshold of 2020—with almost 5 billion people using the Internet now—we need to look for what advanced technology can bring to education and the classroom: Skolera learning management system (LMS).
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Classroom Management Strategies using Skolera
Currently, one of the most fundamental elements of quality education is learning management system. Skolera LMS is a comprehensive, unified solution for school management. It manages students and employees records, fees, payroll, leaves, or transportation and more in one online platform.
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1. Classroom Management Strategies: Setting Rules
Many books on classroom management strategies report that setting rules for students to follow is a top priority. By setting class rules, students are allowed to get familiar with the teacher’s expectations.
Furthermore, having main guidelines to follow in the classroom helps maintain mutual respect and appreciation. It prevents a lot of hassle and minimizes unexpected disruptions during class. So here’s how to set classroom guidelines using Skolera:
- Write down the rules you have in mind for your students on Skolera. Make sure these guidelines are simple, clear, and easy to follow, clarifying the consequences of not following them.
- Connect Skolera LMS to a smart board and ask your students to read them out loud and discuss those rules together. This helps them interact more with the authoritative figure in class and helps them see that their attention matters.
- Review those guidelines every now and again to help them remember the significance of this concept in your classroom.
2. Positively Greeting Students
We’ve seen dozens of videos of teachers welcoming their students every morning. We saw those creative teachers welcoming each student with a special greeting of their choosing. Positive greeting at the class door is one of the best things students like and strongly respond to.
This video of a teacher in Al Gharbeya, Egypt, brilliantly welcoming his students has especially gotten everyone’s attention. Mostafa Kamel, the teacher, is shown to be welcoming each of his students in their own way. Each greeting expresses the student’s personality.
He says that “getting close to students and taking care of them is his top priority in order to be able to convince them of his subject, which is developing their skills.”
Using Skolera’s “Quick Create” icons option, upload a new game for your students. Provide them with a list of different greetings to choose from. Remember that some students might not like physical contact, so make sure you provide them with various options.
Further, clarify that if they don’t see themselves in that list, they may think of something else. Ask them to get creative. You can encourage them to come up with a greeting of their own. You will definitely be surprised!
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3. Building Rapport and Parents Engagement
Engaging parents is the next best thing to do when applying classroom management strategies. It means that you are taking students’ side. It reflects you taking students’ learning experience to a whole other level.
First, use Skolera’s open communication feature to arrange one-on-one meetings with each of your students as well as their parents, to learn more about their backgrounds.
These meetings act as icebreakers and let you have more insight into their personalities, their strengths, what they are hesitant about, and what needs improvement.
Further, you may, in fact, be surprised how these meetings will help you gain further knowledge on how to handle your students inside the classroom.
Second, you may use Skolera’s unique feature ‘zones’ through which students, teachers, and parents can take part in various extracurricular activities. These types of activities are necessary to encourage more respect, trust, and open communication among all.
Third, using students’ performance stats and reports generated by Skolera will help you and parents gain a closer look on your class’ progress, providing more transparency between you.
“Since using Skolera I have all parents attending any extra curricula activities that need their participation. For a foundational stage teacher, this platform is really the best.” —Sherif Genidy on Skolera.
4. Quizzes: Give Your Students the Freedom of Choice
Quizzes and assessment play a great role in classroom management strategies. Taking periodic practice quizzes keeps students’ minds always refreshed and focused. So how can you use Skolera in making quizzes?
- Using the Question Bank add-on, store and maintain many questions. This add-on is a time-saver that enables you to administer short, quick surprise quizzes for students at least every week, for practice.
- When using the Question Bank add-on to set surprise quizzes, make sure that you still give your students the freedom of choice:
- Ask them if they want to take the quiz before or after today’s lesson.
- Allow them to choose a partner or work individually.
- Give them several questions and let them pick which ones to answer.
5. Classroom Management Strategies: Gamification
Winston Churchill once said “Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” Effective classroom management strategies are all about thinking in advance. Therefore, make sure you have an incentive plan, especially for students who work better with motivation.
Nowadays, gamification in education might well be the most widely used incentive in schools all around the world. It’s proven to motivate students into working more and raises the level of competition in class.
Therefore, make sure you tell your students about Skolera’s gamified platform. Also explain to them that they can earn motivational badges and enter the “Hall of Fame,” where those who enter are the heroes.
Throughout history, education has always had tireless, dedicated teachers who make it their lives’ job to develop their ways of teaching. There are a lot of teachers who are keen on knowing the most effective education strategies; they know that good quality education is fundamental to our progress.
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- Classroom Management, Dr. Jasmina Delceva–Dizdarevik, Institute of Pedagogy, Faculty of Philosophy Ss. Cyril and Methodius University-Skopje, Macedonia.
- Managing Educational Technology: School Partnerships and Technology Integration, Sandra Schamroth Abrams and Xiaojun June.
- Peace of Mind: Daily Meditations for Easing Stress, Amy E. Dean, 2009.