This idea is so smart and simple, I'm ashamed I didn't come up with it first. =] "This is one of my FAVORITE classroom management tools!! It can be soooo time consuming to answer the questions...Can we use markers?, Do we turn this in?, Is this a talking activity? I love using these assignment choice signs to answer those questions without me doing the work. Once I give directions for an activity, I quickly place checks and X's by the cards and my students know exactly where to look for…
Morning routine: This would be great to introduce the first week of school that way the students know what is expected. You could have the students get their backpacks and go through the schedule together. This would also help because later in the year, the morning would be a relaxing time for all and the teacher could even get some stuff done instead of answering a million questions.
FREE! This has been a life saver for me! I attach this Substitute Report (one for each class) to my lesson plans. It easily allows subs to provide feedback (via a checklist) on class behavior, if they followed my lesson plan, how the students behaved, noise level, areas of difficulty, outstanding students, challenging students, and general comments. I receive the best feedback from my subs now.
10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Managment: If you are having classroom management problems, take a look at this article, which explains what NOT to do, and the more effective practices you should try instead.
This noise-o-meter can help remind students what the appropriate volume should be in the classroom at specific times. This corresponds to the NYS teaching standard Element IV.3: Teachers manage the learning environment for the effective operation of the classroom. a. Teachers establish, communicate, and maintain clear standards and expectations for student behavior.
Exit Ticket - great idea! Use a dry erase board with the question. Have students line up and whisper answer to teacher on the way to lunch or at the end of the day! No paper! Great way review a main concept learned that day!