First Grade Classroom Management Plan

Instructor: Leah Salyer
Classroom management is about more than just appropriately handling behavior. It's also about preventing negative outcomes before they arise by using certain classroom strategies. There are many classroom management tools available to help teachers develop a solid plan. Read on to learn more.

Classroom Management: Things to Consider

When developing a classroom management plan, the age group of the children is paramount and should be a good starting point. Teachers should also be thinking about how they want to set the tone for the school year and have a management plan in place from the first day of school. Some other things to consider include:

  • Keep your classroom fair: Each student should be treated fairly. Make sure that the consequences are the same for each student.
  • Minimize disruptions: If there are disruptions in class, handle it as discretely as possible. Students often respond well to redirection which will get the class back on topic and minimize further interruptions.
  • Discipline privately: If students see a confrontation, it's possible the teacher will look as though they've lost control of the situation. When possible, discipline students privately.
  • Have high expectations: Show students that you expect them to behave in the way that you speak to them. They will know that your expectations are high and try to reach them.
  • Avoid free time: Teachers should 'overplan' in an effort to avoid free time. Too much free time often equals boredom which can cause students to act out.
  • Classroom rules: Discuss classroom rules and post them where they are easily seen. Make sure that they are simple and easy to understand for students.

Check out this course on classroom management strategies for more tips and tricks to help you manage your classroom.

Management Plan Resources

Take a look at these additional resources to see what belongs in your plan:

  • While our behavior management lesson is designed for the kindergarten classroom, the same techniques typically work in the first grade classroom as well.
  • Checking out this resource on instructional pedagogy may also be beneficial - it has quite a few lessons on classroom management and positive discipline.
  • Another great resource that specifically addresses different types of misbehavior and discipline in the classroom is disciplinary problems and approaches.

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