Classroom management strategies for middle school are not the same as elementary strategies. Middle school students are a unique mix of child and teen. Classroom management is a hugely important skill that teachers need to master in order to have successful classroom spaces. Check out the list below for classroom management strategies for middle school. These are ideas shared by real teachers.
- Take time to introduce yourself on the first day of school. Students want to know a few things about their teachers. I share about my pets and love of Little Free Libraries. If you have a cool hobby share that as well.
- Structure your classes to a certain routine i.e. warm-up, lesson, practice. If you are going to change the routine let students know ahead of time.
- Co-create the expectations (rules) as a class during the first week. Give students a voice in the expectations and consequences.
- Use attendance questions to keep students engaged during roll call. Check out this Instagram account for amazing attendance questions found in her “Link in Profile”.
- Create a charging station area. Have students place their phones here at the beginning of class and write their names next to their phones.
- Use raffle tickets to reward students for good work and behaviour. Pull a few tickets for weekly prizes.
- Create a Group Points system – give students an opportunity to earn points for their team from games, stations and good work. Reward the winning team with a pizza and ice cream party at the end of the semester/term or grading period.
- Create a behaviour incentive calendar. Write down several desired behaviours/expectations on sticky notes and place them on a grid with different rewards/special privileges. Secretly choose a sticky note category to look for every day and if the class accomplished it then reveal the prize.
- Sometimes ignoring a behaviour will make the person stop, if they don’t, go over to them and whisper for them to stop, it’s more effective than yelling.
- Let the students teach. Check out these student-directed learning ideas.
- Use a sound system with a microphone so students can hear instructions clearly. It also helps save your voice.
- Teach students to read the front whiteboard for instructions at the beginning of every class.
- Do independent reading or a purposeful bell ringer the first ten minutes of every class. Choice reading is key to developing lifelong readers.
- Project an online stopwatch timer to assist students with time management.
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