After the much anticipated holiday break, everyone returns to their classrooms, teachers and students alike feeling renewed.
This is a great time to start fresh. Over the holidays, take some time out to think about things you’d like to add, change, fix, or improve in your classroom.
Some things you might want to consider are;
- new improved seating plan
Think about ‘hot spots’. Are there students sitting within close proximity to each other who really need to have some distance? Are there students who need a ‘friend’ to sit beside?
Consider the flow of traffic in your room. Is there a better way to configure the desks to improve traffic flow?
- tweak your daily schedule
Consider if there is not enough movement between subjects to allow students to blow off some steam naturally. Think about changing up the amount of time in their seats, lesson time, activity time etc. to create a more natural flow throughout the day that works best to keep the harmony in the classroom.
- clean slate for your behavior challenges
Take some time at the start of the new year to talk individually with your behavior students and work out a plan with them to help them manage some of their disruptive behaviors. Check out my October post Cheer for the Underdog! for behavior management strategies.
- new classroom management system
If you find yourself dealing with the same problems over and over, try to find a solution. There are a lot of great resources out there for classroom management ideas. Take a bit of time and research some. My post in September deals with this issue The Trouble Shooting Mechanic!
- do some cleaning and tidying
On the first day back, have yourself and students do some much needed cleaning and organizing in the classroom. An organized classroom and desk area is conducive to a smooth running classroom for yourself and your students. Get rid of the clutter! Clutter is stress inducing. An earlier post in September Keep it Simple! talks about aiming for less is more!
- classroom expectations
Set some new ground rules that you wish you had implemented earlier on in the school year. This is your opportunity to use ‘hindsight is 20/20’ to your advantage. Use what you already know about a group of students, to improve their overall experience in your classroom.
- personal goal setting
Take time out for yourself each day to look after some aspect of your physical, emotional and nutritional well being. See my post in October Happy Teacher…Happy Students! for more tips on improving your overall well being and how it can impact the classroom.
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