One of the most difficult skills to master as a teacher is classroom management. Unfortunately, if you can not master this skill you are not going to survive as a teacher, especially as a middle school teacher.
Take a lesson from childhood – put things back where they belong. When you take out a book to reference something put it back on the shelf rather than toss it on the edge of your desk.
Create a system for making lists. Again, there are software tools or you can have one – and only one – piece of paper where you list things to do, errands to run, phone calls, etc.
Tragically, the pivotal importance of these first days of school is often not fully communicated with new teachers. To maximize the impact of the first days of school, it’s imperative that you start with procedure, not an activity. Way too many teachers believe that starting school with a fun activity will cement their relationship as a friend to the students.
Along Edulabs with procrastination distractions waste a lot of time. Whether it is a distracting desk (a desk with a lot of clutter and things to grab your attention), a distracting person, TV or dog; distractions can eat up a lot of your time. If you are working on App Development at home and someone is constantly coming in talking to you, nicely tell them that you are working on something important and then set up a designated time to solely talk to them. If It’s is your dog that keeps on coming in grabbing your attention, just tell him to lay down and that you can not play now. Try not to get distracted by things and focus at the task at hand – app development.
Parents have a right to know what is going on in their children’s academic lives. Sometimes kids don’t want to talk to their parents about their grads or how they are doing in school. With this tool parents will have access to the information that their children may be hesitant to tell them.
Another great thing to do to effectively use your time is to create a daily schedule. Draw the schedule out on paper, listing each general thing that you are going to do. Make a standard schedule that you will go off of every day. Remember the old saying “practice makes perfect”. This applies to the daily schedule, If you do the same things every day at the same time, you will naturally get better at doing them quicker and shave time.
TAKE A GUILT TRIP. No matter how clear, consistent, and “fair,” you feel you are, you will have a student or parent who disagrees with you. Reactions to consequences you implement may arouse feelings of guilt. Instead of internalizing these feelings, move forward with the day and focus on the students who are meeting expectations. Later, find a constructive way to vent your emotions.