Classroom Organisation

Organising your classroom

Module 2

Classroom management

The following key features will help you to develop your own classroom management plan

Organise your classroom

  • Ensure appropriate resources are available in advance
  • Books and equipment should be arranged and labelled to allow easy access and encourage pupil independence and responsibility
  • Decide whether you will ask ‘monitors’ to distribute and collect equipment

Manage your class and set clear expectations

  • Write and display your classroom rules and routines
  • Decide on your entry/exit procedures
  • Decide on and write down your seating plan
  • Note that seating arrangements will have an impact on ‘social talk’ noise levels
  • Note whether pupils are sitting in pairs, boy + girl, mixed groups or ability groups
  • Decide on a volume of working noise levels that you find acceptable
  • Plan how you are going to control noise levels at different times during lesson

Maintain good working relationships

  • Keep pupils informed about changes to routines
  • Plan behaviour strategies and ensure that rewards and consequences are used consistently
  • Aim to make three positive comments to one negative observation eg.
    “Well done to those who have found the page” “Thank you for listening so well”
  • Explain how rules support pupils’ learning and promote positive relationships within the group
  • As you gain confidence it is good practice to engage pupils in refining the rules so that they feel ‘ownership’ of them too

Structure and plan every lesson

  • Let pupils know learning objectives and outcomes
  • Address a range of learning styles and differentiate classroom tasks
  • Use a variety of activities to maintain the pace of the lesson
  • Give timed reminders for work completion eg.
    “I am giving you 2 minutes to discuss this” “You have 5 minutes to finish”