Having an organized classroom promotes learning and positive behavior. Whether you use bright colors and fun visuals to promote positive energy and engagement, or you utilize the physical layout of your classroom to direct attention, organization is key to an effective lesson. You can find ways to keep your classroom both physically and figuratively organized by applying these helpful tips.
Arrange the seats in your classroom in advance. Whether you organize the class into groups, circles, or rows of tables and desks, find out what works best for your space and your particular teaching techniques. And don’t be afraid to switch the arrangement periodically throughout the year. This can help keep your classroom feeling fresh and prevent students from being paired with distracting desk partners. For example, if you know two kids talk all the time when they sit together, consider rearranging the seating to put more constructive groups together.
Post Classroom Rules
Keep your classroom rules posted in a visible place. This will serve as a constant reminder of your expectations for your students (as well as yourself). Sometimes having a visual is more effective than simply repeating yourself like a broken record at the front of the classroom. Use your rule board as a tool to encourage good behavior, and hold the students accountable for poor behavior.
Prepare the Lesson
As a teacher, it is important to always come prepared. If you did not look over your lesson plan for the day ahead of time, your classes will likely be much more chaotic, disruptive, and ineffective. Know ahead of time what you want to teach, how you want to teach it, and plan for ways to engage all your students. As you go through the year, you will learn the individual learning styles of each member of the class, and you will better be able to cater to their learning needs in your lesson preparations.