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Old 09-14-2018, 10:40 PM
 
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You said Classroom management is one of your biggest challenges. For me, just being able to start the day in a calm, orderly, quiet way seems to help set the tone for the day. I don't let kids talk and socialize when they come in the room. It's gets out of hand too easily and the rest of the day is spent reeling them back in. Have a rock solid morning routine that is the same every day. After they unpack, have something they can do independently at their seats. Maybe a handwriting practice page or a math facts practice. When they walk in, they unpack and start on the morning work - no sharpening pencils, no bathroom, no conversations with the teacher, etc. We will do all that later, but first thing in the morning is quiet get down to business time.

When you say co teacher, are you talking about a para? Or maybe an inclusion teacher? If it's a para, give him/her a regular routine of responsibilities daily. Then you won't have to come up with new things for them to do or let them end up doing nothing. Maybe have them be the one to check folders daily, and be assigned to do phonics practice or math facts or sight words with a small group of students who may need a little extra boost. If your school allows it, have them handle running off papers. Figure out what some of your daily routine tasks are that you could hand off to them. Put in writing, like a checklist, so they are clear on what is the xpected and needed.
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