In my middle school science classroom I have a student space, which includes paper, pencil donations, calculators, trash can, pencil sharpener, job list, extra papers, stapler, tape, Kleenex, turn in tray, hole punch, bandaides, bathroom pass, clock, and classroom calendar. Only one student at a time is allowed in this area, and they don't bother me for all these things!!
Add an icon so students sit at same spot for small groups every time. Eliminates time wasted due to seating arguments and reinforces a skill- shapes, colors, etc. Can change the skill throughout the year according to what you want to concentrate on and keep it interesting.
***************** My favorite classroom management site so far. If only I had it while student teaching. It will help me become a calmer, quieter teacher. My goal is to rarely raise my voice this year. All my new teacher friends check it out! - AB **********************
"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 the answer."
Hang a ring above each table. Each time the entire table is on task and doing what they are supposed to do-they earn a monkey! (from Barrel of monkeys game) You just hang one on the ring! When they get 5 monkeys they get a reward:) Cute...if I ever have a low ceiling again
Easy and adorable No Name board. Clip papers that don't have names on them to the board and have students go check there instead of spending your time trying to figure out who they belong to! Will do!!