Classroom management is a crucial skill for teachers, every bit as important as subject-matter knowledge. Teachers do not just teach facts and knowledge, strictly speaking. Day in and day out, they need to lead a group of students with unique strengths, challenges, and temperaments and foster their development as individuals and as part of a group. To do so, teachers need to have an arsenal of tools to turn to. That’s where classroom management comes in.
Classroom management, in a nutshell, is creating a structured environment for students within the confines of a classroom. This structured environment aims to be conducive to learning while hindering behaviors that disrupt learning by establishing clear-cut rules and consequences.
Students and teachers alike benefit from classroom management in more ways than one.
For students, classroom management can make a huge difference in their success as learners. Studies have shown that young learners thrive in routine. They feel safe and secure knowing what to expect and what is expected of them when they enter the classroom. And when you can guarantee their safety and security, they’re better able to learn and even actively participate in their own learning process
Teachers, too, stand to gain from classroom management. Having these tools will allow you to be more effective and enjoy teaching, helping lessen the chances of burnout. Classroom management strategies can help you deal better when things don’t go according to plan.
Here are some things to keep in mind for teachers when developing classroom management strategies:
Every teacher will have their own classroom management plan as there’s no one-size-fits-all for effective teaching and learning. Whatever your strategies are, visual communication tools like Canva for Education help you set up your classroom for success. It’s free for all teachers and students to customize to suit specific requirements and needs.
Below are some classroom management ideas and ways to maximize Canva in your classroom.
Establishing the rules and guidelines of a classroom doesn’t need to fall solely on the teacher. In fact, involving your students in deciding your classroom culture nearly guarantees their buy-in. At the start of the school year, sit with your students and discuss. Let your students feel heard and understood. This creates an atmosphere of mutual respect that you can introduce from day one and reinforce consistently.
And be sure to document the rules and consequences you’ve all come up with at the end of the day so you can refer to them throughout the school year.
Grab a classroom newsletter template from our gallery and detail your class culture in a nice handbook that you can distribute in class. Use this Yellow Blue Professional Welcome Back to School Newsletter and hand it out to your students just in time for the school year.
To pique your students’ curiosity and encourage their involvement and interest for the rest of the day, you can present to them your daily agenda. Give them sneak peeks into the lesson, the tasks you’ll be handing out, and many more. Make sure to give a visual presentation to catch and hold their attention. Canva has eye-catching presentation templates you can edit and present using Canva Present.
Acknowledging your students’ hard work goes a long way. Students are more motivated to keep going when their hard work is recognized.
Here are some ways you can celebrate in the classroom:
Give your students more active participation in their learning process. You can do this by
Consistently establish positive behavior support in your classroom to reinforce acceptable student behavior. This may include addressing misbehavior or giving corrective feedback in a quiet way, avoiding punishing the whole class and addressing issues one-on-one, using positive phrasing as a way to encourage a change in behavior, and being specific in the behavior you want to see.
Students have different learning styles, and so to accommodate their differences, using the multimodal approach to learning can provide a more conducive learning environment for all. Canva for Education can help you prepare for this approach, as we offer a range of digital and printable resources that you can easily customize to suit your approach.
It’s important to remember that classroom management is different for every teacher and even for every batch of students. The same set of strategies may vary in their effectiveness from time to time. The goal is not to create the perfect classroom situation – it is to foster a focused classroom culture that encourages learning and is an environment of mutual respect. Take your time when applying your strategies while keeping your perspective, spotting teachable moments and learning from them, and never losing your sense of humor along the way.