Classroom Organisation

Know your rules and routines

Module 2

Classroom management

Key management strategies to consider:

Discuss and decide on 3 or 4 simple rules that can be used

  • Ensure that all classroom rules and routines are phrased in age-appropriate language
  • Be clear/realistic and specific in your expectations. Do not be wishy washy
  • Remember, whilst not set in stone, your classroom rules should not keep changing
  • Communicate your classroom rules to pupils displaying them can be helpful to you and pupils
  • Be prepared to explain, exemplify and teach rules do not presume they are understood by simply stating them

Use Strap Lines to reinforce your expectations. Examples include

  • “We all have the right to feel safe at all times”
  • “Care, courtesy and consideration for others is important”
  • Be firm on teaching your classroom rules eg.
    “We all come quietly and sensibly into the classroom” “We all listen carefully to the teacher”
    “The classroom rules are to allow everyone to learn”

Meet and greet the class at the start of every lesson

  • Welcome pupils yes, it’s alright to smile and communicate that they are entering an orderly and interesting environment for learning

Insist on a quiet and orderly departure from your classroom

  • “Let’s see which table or group is ready to start break time”
  • Stand near the doorway of the classroom to dismiss the class
  • Some schools have conventions about the start/finish of lessons adopt these or be very explicit about any variation in your expectations

Recognise wanted behaviour and reinforce with positive comments such as

  • “The quietest table will leave first. Thank you”
  • “Jade and Ashmed’s table tidied up very well, they can to go out for dinner first”

Things to do

  • Click here for a sample set of classroom rules (8.4)