Now is the perfect time to reset your classroom!
Whether it’s the start of a new year, you’re coming back from an extended break, or maybe you just need to find a way to take back control of the 4 walls of your classroom, there are multiple ways you can “reset” your classroom and start to take back your sanity, especially if a year isn’t going as well as you hoped (Trust me, I’ve been there!).
Here are 3 easy ways to reset different parts of your classroom in order to make some positive changes or in some cases get things back on track!
1. Re-work Your Management
Classroom management is usually the first place most teachers look when resetting their classroom. As the year goes on, students get more comfortable, and changing things up can be a huge help in getting things working smoother. Here are just a few areas you can focus on:
- Remove Fear from your classroom
- Focus on the First 5 Minutes of Class / Set Student Goals
- Find your Calm / Manage Like a Referee
2. Enhance your Curriculum and Instruction
Another great way to reset your classroom is by giving your curriculum a “shot in the arm” and making it more engaging for your students! By making real world connections and providing authentic experiences for your students you can transform your classroom and the learning that happens inside of it into a life changing and transformative process.
You can also utilize simple methods to give students more control over pace and mastery of the content that can have a huge impact on just about everything! This can take some time but there are some really easy ways to start.
- Connect your curriculum to the community
- Personalize the learning in your classroom
- Let students set the pace
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3. Build better Relationships and Culture:
As you probably already know, relationships and classroom culture are at the core of any successful learning environment. In fact, one of my favorite quotes is “Students don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” This has proven to be true in every classroom I’ve had or worked with. Building a positive culture and meaningful relationships can take a good teacher and make them great, or take a struggling teacher and help them find their way back to thriving in their classroom.
This will also lead to positive changes in both management and instruction, because students will be the focus of your mindset and decisions. Here are some ways you can begin improving your classroom culture and relationships.
- Just smile and be positive with students
- Build a positive classroom culture
- Focus on small victories in the classroom
There are a lot of other things you can do to improve or reset your classroom, but this is a pretty good start. Don’t let excuses get in your way. Find what you can do to make small changes and improvements and eventually you’ll get the classroom you (and your students) have always dreamed of! Don’t be shy, attack your issues and find what works for you. Never stop, never settle, always strive to Teach Better.