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Old 07-14-2018, 04:01 PM
 
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I have taught 5th grade for 12 years and am moving to PreK this year. Any ideas for classroom management?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Old 07-17-2018, 12:07 PM
 
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Congrats on your new position! Preschool classroom mangement is all about teaching structure/expectations and explicitly teaching social skills. From the 1st day of school you'll introduce classroom expectations and procedures for every single thing, like: How to I line up to wash hands? How do I wash hands? How do I sit on the carpet? What does it look like to listen during group time? what do I do if I need to use the restroom? How do I interact with materials appropriately? How do I walk in the classroom and put my things away? What do I do if I need help? etc.... It usually takes me a solid 2 weeks to teach classroom procedures. This is also because I teach an inclusive classroom of gen ed/sped in a Title 1 school, so my students have little to no exposure to structure and routine. If you are in a different setting, this may be done in a few days for you. Once I have taught expectations for classroom procedures, I spend the first few weeks of school teaching how to use classroom materials. We spend a day practicing how to use markers, a day on glue, a day on scissors, etc.. I introduce the materials during large group, then have students practice during small group.

The other part of preschool classroom management is teaching direct social skills. I always recommend a social skills curriculum. If your school doesn't have access to one, then look on teachers pay teachers for a long range curriculum plan for social skills to see what skills to teach (sharing, cooperation, apologizing, getting along with others, using manners, playing fairly, etc..) I usually have a "Focus Social Skill" each week for the first few months of school. On Monday I introduce the new social skill, and then I "catch" students praticing this skill during the day and give a sticker/stamp as reinforcement. After all social skills have been taught, I put students in charge of solving their own problems. We have a "problem solving station" in the classroom with pictures of solutions (get a teacher, set a timer, share, take turns, trade toys, etc.) and if a problem arises, I guide students towards the problem solving station to practice solving their own problems.

With a structured approach to teaching expectations and social skills, I've never had to use any formal classroom management system. Students who need Tier 3 intervention for behavior are often on an individual behavior system. If I have a particuarly crazy group one year, I might do a whole group incentive for a few week, but even that I try to fade out quickly. I'm a big fan of teaching intrinsic motivation and indepnedence and not using things like clip charts, treasure box, etc..

Good luck!
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Thank you so Much!!!
Old 07-23-2018, 12:00 PM
 
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Preteach13,

You are a life saver!

Thank you so much for getting me started and for letting me know I can find a social skills curriculum on TPT. I'll look tonight. I also signed up for "Preschool Plan-It" with Cheryl Hatch. She has so many great ideas! If you think of anything else and can find time to share, I'd love it!

Thanks again!
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