Classroom management ideas abound in books, and there are some great ones that can help you get a handle on a challenging class.
Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax is one such. Easy to access for both parents and educators, it analyses ways on which boys across the globe are becoming increasingly disengaged both at home and at school, and offers valuable insight into how we can help these boys reconnect.
Anther such book by the same author is Girls on the Edge, and I highly recommend it to any new teacher.
Teaching for the first time can be overwhelming, and classroom management ideas often look way better on paper than they do when you’re trying to implement them in your room. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to read these sorts of books, but it’s really, really worth it. They sometimes give you practical ideas. But most importantly, they give you insight into the way some of these kids tick. And face it, when you’re stressed and feeling on the brink, and inclined to think that some of these kids have your number and also have it in for you, things can get a little dicey. They also help you feel that you aren’t the only one facing these challenges as a teacher. And isn’t that reason enough?
Boys and Girls Learn Differently by Michael Gurian is another great book to take a peek at. When you’re setting up your program and casting about for ideas, it’s good to remember that combining seat work with lots of hands-on activities will go a long way toward saving everyone’s sanity.
Imagine being made to do something you hate and are naturally bad at.
All day long.
Now imagine being graded on it, and having those grades presented as if they were the sum total of your worth as a person.
That’s school for many boys, and we have to change it. Most of us don’t have time to go out and campaign for this kind of change. But we can make differences each and every day at the grassroots level. So when you’re stuck wondering what new classroom management ideas might be out there, think about coming at it from the point of view that you’re trying to understand what some of these kids are up against. It helps us feel a lot more sympathetic to them.
It doesn’t mean your sympathy should let them get away with stuff you know they shouldn’t. But it helps you to begin to think about crafting your program in a way that will make learning more engaging for everyone.
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