Strategies for Classroom Management: Organization and Planning
- Design and illustrate a set of monthly bulletin boards for an elementary-age classroom that displays student products. Be creative.
- Survey two special education and two general education teachers about their personal opening and closing activities. Using the activities as a springboard, develop a starter list of seven unique, motivating opening and closing activities that you could use at the elementary level and a set of seven that can be used at the secondary level.
- Assume that you are a fourth-grade teacher.
- Give 5 ways that you will maintain on-going, effective communication with the parents/families of your students.
- Write your guidelines for homework that will go home with your students during the first week of school. Include your purpose, procedures (rules), and how you would like parents to help their children (and you).
- Survey four special education teachers (at least one elementary and one secondary special education teacher) about their record-keeping system and collect examples of the different systems.
- Observe the strategies of a general education teacher and a special education teacher for transition between instructional activities. List specific wording used, prompts, etc. used to help facilitate a smooth transition. Also note students' behavior and/or response to the strategies.