Inspired by Kindergarten: transitions Internet: http://www.ehow.com/info_7848859_importance-transition-activities-classroom-management.html a special song can help students know what is going on and what they are suppose to do. It makes it fun.
Using a template to begin essays is a great way to get students to BEGIN. Often you will have some who will alter what you have....INCLUDE those in future examples and cite their name as the source! Students love to be recognized and hear people say,"I'm going to use Jennifer's opening..."
THANK YOU. Middle school and even high school appropriate classroom management ideas that are practical, useful, and boost economy of effort for teachers and students. Oh, joy, finally a resource that calls my name! So many excellent ideas for a professional, mature yet functioning, fun, and learning-filled classroom!