Introducing today’s professional development segment on classroom management, my colleague Dr. Robin Largue began, “If you do not know Harry Wong, what you need to know is he’s a rock star educator.” She went on to describe his message about classroom management as “consistent…,” and she said, “that’s because it works.” Below are a few takeaways from teachers and leaders following Wong’s video/taped session:
Three Takeaways from Teachers
1. Procedures can be created and reinforced at any time; they may also be changed if they are not working.
2. Classroom management is about procedures (not rules) and there is a need for constant reinforcement.
3. Use similar to “I do, we do, you do” for teaching procedures; that is, show the procedure, practice the procedure, and then let the students act out the procedure.
Three Takeaways from Leaders
1. Teach procedures when an action has to be done; it is not imperative that all procedures are taught all at one time at the beginning of the year.
2. As teachers and leaders we sometimes have a tendency to enable (and provide students the answer) rather than allow the procedure to help kids be responsible.
3. When creating procedures, especially school-wide procedures, know where your students are, determine what “signal” will work, and determine the minimum number of steps needed to get students to do the procedure.
Our goal as teachers and leaders is to increase student learning. This means engaged students in classrooms. A first step to engagement is effective classroom management.
Wong, H., and Wong, R. The First Days of School.
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