Because, you have a plan for classroom supplies, and students know how to get them because you have cute labels on everything. In my classroom we have bins in the center of their tables with community supplies, and every morning it is part of their morning work to check their supplies and gather extras from the labled supplies shelf near my desk (so I can keep an eye on the supplies… cuz hey, kids will be kids).
Because you have anticipated fast finishers. You quickly check in with them to make sure that they have actually done their assignment. Then when they have, never fear, you have activities they can choose to do which will help them make the most of their time. At the start of the year my fast finishers practice math facts during math time with flashcards, or my addition facts lap book. During Literacy times they practice sight words. As they year moves on and they can handle it their assignment choices expand to writing projects involving a finished craft to present their writing with, math center activities, and partner activities for fast finishers.
Because well, first of all, manners are important in your well managed classroom, so students know they should say “May I use the restroom please?” Also, students know how to silently ask permission when you are in the middle of teaching. In my classroom students know they are to go during seat work time (after they have asked correctly of course), and if it is a real emergency and I am speaking to the class, they can use a sign language “t” to let me know they really have to go. They wait to be acknowledged and then they go. Not without signing out of the room on our bathroom signet sheet. In an emergency it is really important that I remember who just left for the bathroom, cuts maybe Taylor Swift will show up and sing for the class, but they didn’t sign out, so I will forget to have them paged and they will totally miss out. 🙂
Because, even if the politicians don’t do it, in your well managed classroom expectations are tied to effort, not outcomes. Students know that hard work and effort are what you value most, by the language of the rubrics you write, and how you praise them in class. Instead of telling them they are incorrect, you praise them for the effort by saying, “great try”, “I like where you are going with that, keep trying, you almost have it.” Your students are proud of the effort they have made, and because they know they and their work is valued they listen and try their best for you.
Because, in your well managed classroom, your students know how their day will go because you have clearly posted your schedule/tasks for the day and refer to it often. You follow a routine so students know what to expect, and for those who need a bit of extra reminding you have placed a picture schedule on their desk. Last year all of my students had a laminated picture schedule of our day on their desks they could check off the day with a dry erase marker (one of my autistic students needed one… then they all had to have one. OK!) Your well managed classroom is a bastion of safety and security. Students feel valued for who they are. There is order and opportunities for independence. Students love being in a well managed classroom like yours, and the only thing you will hear at the end of the day is groaning, because they don’t want to go home.
You’ve got this!
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