Kindergarten Classroom Management Strategies

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  • 0:00 What Is Behavior Management?
  • 0:40 Setting Clear Guidelines
  • 1:18 Sticking to Guidelines
  • 2:56 Enforcing Guidelines
  • 4:58 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Derek Hughes

Derek has a Masters of Science degree in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum.

Explore some useful ways to manage behavior in your kindergarten classroom. This lesson will help you control the chaos with helpful kindergarten classroom management strategies and example scenarios to show them in action.

What Is Behavior Management?

The students that will be entering your classroom on the first day of school will bring with them a variety of experiences with behavior management. Some may be coming from a preschool classroom where many of these strategies have already been introduced, some may be coming from a home where there was little to no behavior management, and most will be coming from somewhere in between. What is most important to remember for managing a classroom of small, impulsive people is to set clear guidelines that let students know what is expected from them, stick to them, and enforce them for all students.

Setting Clear Guidelines

An example of clear, direct classroom rules

Students of any age, but especially kindergarten, thrive in an environment where they know what is expected of them. This means having a clear set of rules that students can see posted somewhere in the classroom. These rules should be written keeping in mind positive classroom management strategies. Students can even be made responsible for writing the classroom rules themselves. This can be done by having a discussion with the students about how they think they should behave in the classroom. Doing this will give the students ownership of their classroom and their behavior, making them more likely to understand and follow the classroom rules.

Sticking to Guidelines

As a teacher, especially in early childhood education, it is very easy to decide to let some students slide when it comes to classroom rules. As you move through the day, you might find that some students are more likely than others to stray from the expectations set by the classroom rules. It does get quite exhausting to have to keep reminding a student to raise their hand when they want to answer a question or share something with the class (this is a situation that will come up often - kindergarten students love to share every little detail of their day with everyone).

However, it is very important that you require students to stick to the rules posted in the classroom. Though you may be teaching your students everything from ABCs to math and science to social studies, do not forget that they are very smart. Students will always know when you are being lax with the rules and will quickly try to see how far they can push boundaries. This is when it is most important that you consistently enforce your guidelines.

One of your students (who we'll call Sherlock) enjoys launching into long explanations about what he did last night with his friend, his mom, and his friend's mom. He does this several times a day, most of the time interrupting you or another student. While you may be exhausted from reminding him (the 19th time) to please raise his hand if he has something to say, it is important to keep doing so (even on the 113th time). You may devise a strategy where you simply make eye contact and point to your classroom rules to remind Sherlock what is expected of him.

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