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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Procedures & Expectations

As I have been blog stocking lately, I have noticed a trend in my fellow new teachers. The questions they have been asking revolve around implementing classroom management. Vetern teachers advice the #1 thing that new teachers need, beside a lot of books, is a good classroom management strategy.

When I hear this, I laugh. Not because these teachers are wrong by any means (in fact they are correct!) but I laugh because it reminds me of a conversation I had lately. My bff is a teacher as are several of my friends. They attended the same school I am now before I ever did. I was lamenting the other day about how I don't want to hear one more word or read one more book on classroom management.

This brought up a discussion of how during different periods of times teachers are taught to focus on different things. One of my friends focused the majority of her grad years on accepting ethnic and cultural differences. Another friend focused on Bloom's Taxonomy and Differeintiated Education. Now it is my turn and it is all about classroom management. These differences help as we each have a strength in a particular area but at the same time are teachers every well balanced?

I decided to share with you a few of my favorite references today for classroom management. There are many, many more to explore and perhaps I will share with you more from my reference library another day.






Harry Wong and his wife Rosemary have created a plan based upon procedures and expectations. His premise is that students want to know the right thing to do but aren't sure what that right thing is. During the first two weeks of school, Wong states one should focus on teaching the proper way to do things in the classroom (procedures) and leave the academics to focus on for the remainder of the year. With so little instructional time and so much to accomplish this seems like a lot of wasted time but surprising a lot of people agree with him. The CD is humorous and goes along with the book. It also shares some insights from his daughter. Many induction programs are using his teachings as a basis for their programs.


What to take away from this book:
~ What an effective teacher is & how to look like one
~ Positive Expectations for you & the student
~ Classroom Procedures in the first two weeks
~ Creating a warm, inviting atmosphere for success
~ How to write tests & lesson plans




To me, this book goes along with Wong's book & CD. This is basically a workbook for creating classroom procedures. Wong does a good job of creating a long list of procedures you will need for your room but Canter gives the specifics on how those directions should look. He also takes his ideals one-step further by addressing the issue of non-compliance.

What to take away from this book:
~ Step by step instructions on how to create a two-week plan
~ Procedures (alter as needed)
~ Behavior Cycle
~ Behavior Narration

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5 Comments:

At March 8, 2012 at 8:12 AM , Blogger Amy said...

I heart Harry Wong, his book is definitely one of my most used teaching books. I also agree that there are certain things that we tend to focus on. I find that being a sub I really have to focus on classroom management because the students worst behavior tends to come out when there is someone different in the class. However, when I am in the same class consistently, my focus is on learner styles and teaching the same material in different and new ways.

Maybe we are overachievers? Nah...lol

Amy
The Crazy Adventures of a University Graduate

 
At March 8, 2012 at 9:31 AM , Blogger Andrea said...

Hi Misty! Thank you for sharing your reference books! This will come in handy in the near future (I hope!) I'm a new follower :)

Cheers to School

 
At March 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM , Blogger KRISTA said...

Hi Misty! Thanks for sharing! I have taken many strategies from this book. They are a great reference. When I began with the school district I am currently teaching at, they handed us the book by Harry Wong.

Krista
stellar-students

 
At March 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM , Blogger Des said...

I definitely think you are on the right track. Harry Wong has been around for a long time but his methods and advice are solid! I remember watching his videos in college and that was more than 10 years ago. (Now I feel old!) Classroom management is essential...without it you can't focus on anything else. My partner teacher and I were just commenting on how older teachers stop focusing on it because "they've already done that" and their kids are out of control but they can't figure out why!
Love your blog, BTW! Thanks for your comments on my blog and I look forward to following you!
Des @ When I Grow Up

 
At March 8, 2012 at 8:20 PM , Blogger vicky1970 said...

Misty - Can you email me - I have a question/favor to ask you...Vicky :o)
Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

mandysmom99@aol.com

 

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