I remember when I was student teaching my college supervisor came to visit. I had second semester seniors, and my last class of the day was a delightful [and smart] group during 8th period.
One day we were debriefing the lesson she observed and she told me that in terms of classroom management,…
Even though this was written a year ago, it’s worth reblogging.
As an art teacher, the class CAN be a little on the crazy side, because sometimes when students enter, they’re excited because they’re in art class! They’re excited to return to their project or start the next step. And since my schedule consists of 90 min block periods, class is often spent on individual work time, so students get chatty and a little silly.
I had one period last year, that while they seemed chatty, they were all on task and immediately gave me their attention when I needed it. That wasn’t something that I had to teach the first day, it just evolved that way.
I do teach procedures the 2nd day of school, when we review the syllabus, but I know it’s something that has to be built into slowly. When we start a new unit, certain procedures change (such as clean up after painting versus drawing).
You have to expect a little chaos sometimes. As long as I can control when it happens, I’m okay with that.