Classroom Management Plan: Launch Your Classroom! Episode 41

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Having a clear, well-designed classroom management plan gives teachers confidence and provides structure for students. In this episode of Launch your Classroom!, Kyle and friends discuss the components of a classroom management plan, and how to create a successful one for your students!

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A classroom management plan is a roadmap for your classroom expectations. Successful teachers know the importance of classroom management from day one of class, so they prepare a plan before the school year starts. Comprehensive classroom management plans establish student routines and classroom procedures so students know what to do and when. This is preventative behavior management! Teachers can list their prevention and intervention strategies that stop student misbehavior before it starts. Classroom management plans also contain clear, sensible classroom rules and logical, actionable consequences when those rules are broken. Finally, they provide details for the classroom rewards system, so students are motivated to make positive behavior choices!

Teachers do best when they are prepared, and students do best when teachers establish classroom expectations. If a teacher responds to misbehavior in the heat of the moment, they are creating a path for inconsistency, confusion, and future student misbehavior. Teachers should plan their management with as much detail as they should plan their lessons. Not only does a good classroom management plan prevent misbehavior, it also makes your classroom safer and more secure for your students. The praise and rewards you can give your students for making good choices you’ve established will lead to positive teacher student relationships and better classroom rapport.

To prevent misbehavior and create interventions before consequences are necessary, rehearse your behavior expectations, use your classroom design and seating chart, and maintain a positive tone when you address minor misbehaviors. Monitor your students closely, and clearly communicate what you expect on a regular basis. Students thrive off structure!

Sometimes, students will break rules and require consequences, even when you have used preventative strategies. That’s why it is important to have clearly established rules and consequences that have been explained to your students. That way, you will not surprise them with unpredictability, and you will demonstrate that you will follow through with your classroom management plan. This will prevent future misbehavior.

1) When should I move from prevention strategies to intervention strategies?
2) How does teacher-student rapport help me with misbehavior prevention and intervention?
3) What are my students’ most common minor misbehaviors, and what preventative strategies and interventions can I plan before consequences are needed?


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