In a second or third grade classroom, there are so many different ways to arrange the students’ desks- however, not all of these ways are very effective for learning and teaching. It is important to arrange your desks in a manner that the children can learn best based on their learning style, need, or due to behavior circumstance. In my years of experience, I’ve got it narrowed down to two arrangements that I alternate between that are the most effective for everyone involved.
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Keeping and maintaining a constant schedule is of utmost importance! It will make life easier for you, the children, your co-workers, and even the parents of your students. I realize the first day (maybe two days) of school is hectic, so starting a routine is a bit difficult then. If you take anything at all from this post, take this: DO NOT start your school year off without a routine-DO NOT take more than a couple of days of “flying by the seat of your pants”. You will pay for it in the long run. Children, especially elementary aged children thrive off of routine. They feel more comfortable in your class because they know what’s coming next.
Oh, how I remember my very first open house night…I was SO nervous! Getting the classroom set up, getting lesson plans done for the first day or two, and so on was all a breeze compared to the waiting….the waiting…for all the children AND their mom AND their dad AND their grandma AND their siblings running all over the place…and so on- I think you get the idea! After 7 years of open house, I still get a little nervous. Here’s a few tips to help you get through that night and meet YOUR objective- get a “snip-it” of the children you’ll be teaching for the next nine months!
Okay, so itâ€™s the first day of school and you have 25 precious little students staring at youâ€¦what are they thinking? What are YOU thinking? You are all probably thinking about how this whole new situation is going to work out. Children in the primary grades are usually silent upon entering, because this situation is new to them. It makes you think, â€œWow! This is going to be a great groupâ€¦look how sweet and quite and still they are beingâ€”and they are all getting along!â€ Well, this could very well be true, but before anyone gets too comfortable, itâ€™s important to â€œlay down the lawâ€. Now Iâ€™m not saying that you should wear your military uniform, Iâ€™m just encouraging you to establish authority through classroom management very early on. Here are some of my tips, tricks, and ideas for managing a classroomâ€¦