Classroom Management Tips for Preschool Teachers
1. Organize your room strategically
A preschool classroom can be quite chaotic, so the way you organize is not only important, it can help ensure that effective learning is happening wherever children are stationed. There are certain tips and tricks that you can only learn from experience, according to Barbara Harvey, ECE professional and parenting educator.
She’s learned to separate noisy areas of the classroom from the quiet ones. For example, the blocks and other activities should be on the opposite side of the room from the reading center. These types of insights will only get stronger with experience, so make a point to try new things and see what works.
2. Create an attention-grabber
With a room full of youngsters, things are bound to get rowdy once in a while. During these times you’ll need to find creative ways to get grab attention. Asking children to copy your sounds or motions can be just the ticket.
“I just do a silly sound or gesture to get their attention,” says preschool teacher Amissa Stahlhut. “Then I ask them to do what I do, say or sing. I start out with big, silly and sometimes loud movements or sounds and then gradually get smaller and quieter.”
3. Make a plan for transitions
There will be several times throughout the day when children are transitioning from one activity or area of the room to another. It’s important to have a plan for these transitions.
Harvey suggests using a countdown as part of your plan so children are ready to move on when the time comes. Announcing that you’re going to countdown from 10 to one before moving on to the next activity will help children feel prepared for the transition.
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