In Class - Take Control
Good classroom management stems from a lot of different factors, consistency being a very significant one of these. By definition starting a job in January means the pupils won’t have had consistency. It is a challenge, but not an insurmountable one.
First things first, from the start it’s essential that you establish rules, consequences, and procedures. Ideally, this should be drawn from a whole school policy, but your goal right now should be to get something in place that works, even if it’s not perfect.
If your predecessor already has a system in place that you can live with, use it. Teaching Assistants in the class should know what system has been used. If it seems to work okay, why not use it for now?
If there is no system or it is really not an option, go to plan B - copy someone else’s in the school. Be open about this, why not ride on the coattails of a more established teacher? If everyone knows that Mrs So-and-so is not to be messed with, you could benefit by letting the pupils know that is whose system is in use.
Want to brush-up your behaviour management? We can help! Contact your consultant and they will provide you with some resources and tips that can help.
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Moving Forward - Build Relationships
Ultimately the better relationships you build within the school the more successful you will be.
Building a good working relationship with your pupils should be a top priority. Knowing them as individuals will help you become a more effective classroom manager, helps you differentiate work, and ultimately means they will achieve more.
Use your newness as an advantage a “getting to know you” survey or questionnaire is a great way to start building relationships from the off and creates an instant first activity for a class buying you precious time.
- Teachers & Teaching Assistants
It is a crucial relationship in any modern British classroom. Whether you are a teacher or an assistant you will need to build an effective working relationship quickly.
Teachers – if you have teaching assistants in the classroom full or part-time they are going to be an invaluable resource for you. They know the children, you don’t. Start getting the low down on what works for who.
A word of caution here, as a teacher you are in charge, and while you should be respectful to you TAs you should neither expect them to do everything or let them take over or discourage you with “that’s not how we do things here” etc.
Teaching Assistants – similarly you should be taking direction from the class teacher or more experienced colleagues, but you are there to do a job. Make sure the role you are expected to perform is laid out clearly for you and don’t be afraid to seek clarification.
Other Staff Members – Even if you are a little shy it is important to build relationships with people around the school. Be friendly positive and introduce yourself; admin staff, in particular, can be a lifeline for new staff so be extra nice!
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