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A few classroom management tips for student teachers

Updated: Mar 13

Classroom management can be challenging, especially for a student teacher.

First, you must use the first few days of your placement to learn the rules and procedures of your host teacher's classroom. It's essential to know the classroom procedures for several reasons - one, you don't interrupt your host teacher and can be consistent when you teach content. You can jot down notes about procedures such as :

  • Exit / enter the classroom

  • Calling on students

  • Going to the bathroom/nurse/guidance

  • Turning in work (assignments, late work, absent work, etc.)

These are just a few procedures to consider. If you are looking for new ideas and a whole list of procedures, you can check out the TPT freebie on the ten classroom procedures every student teacher needs to know.

Classroom management is such a huge topic to cover. Today we are covering calls and responses, ways to engage students during a lesson, and one thing you shouldn't forget during every lesson.

Ok, let's jump in.

Call and Response

First, call and responses. These are ways to ensure students track with you or pay attention to instructions or expectations. Here are some examples of calls and responses:

Teacher: All set?

Student: You bet! Not yet

Teacher: Hocus pocus

Students: Time to focus

Teacher: 1 2 3

Student: Eyes on me

Teacher: Classidy class

Students: Yessidy yess

Teacher: School name (Penn Trafford)

Student: School mascot (Warriors)

Teacher: Macaroni and cheese

Students: Everybody freeze

Teacher: Chicka Chicka

Students: boom boom

Teacher: Alright, stop!

Student: Collaborate, and listen!

You can use a call and response during class transitions too. What do you want students to do by the time you count down from 5? Be clear and explicit. For example, - turn to page 45 in your spelling, get out your pencil, and put your math book away. Countdown from 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. In this example, one student should be ready for spelling class by the time you get to. Use verbal praise to show that students did it correctly or on time.

Keep students engaged in class when it is lecture-based or more teacher-directed.

  • Snap if you agree

  • Stomp if you agree

  • Use positive verbal praise.

  • Walk around the classroom during the classroom and check in. Don't just teach from the front of the room.

  • Think, pair, share

  • Give your partner a high five when you both are ready to roll.

  • Need help? Phone a friend during Q&A

  • Use student names when calling on them.

  • Use students to pass out or collect materials.

  • If you can hear me clap once, clap twice.

For students who are completing their work. A few ideas for them to self-reflect:

  • Why is what I'm working on important?

  • How will you know if you did good work?

  • Did I check my spelling?

  • May list - independent reading, playdough, class website practice, etc.

Are you ready for the one thing every student teacher needs in their lesson? Here we go - drum roll! It's a closure! A closure is not an exit ticket. A closure is a statement of what they learned during the lesson. For example, today, we learned about the associative property, measured different items in grams, or reviewed chapter 3 for our upcoming unit test. You can pair an exit ticket with a closure statement—an exit ticket show what students know. An example of an exit ticket is a sticky note where they answer a question you provide, or it can be digital like a google form or a lumio activity. This is an activity that reviews content learned during the lesson.

Remember, friends, you have the EduMagic in you!

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