How to improve your classroom management (easily)

How to improve your classroom management (easily)

Classroom management is an essential skill for any teacher.

It affects pupil motivation, engagement and progress.

And yet, if you’ve decided you want to reap the benefits of better whole class management, it isn’t always clear how to improve. Because the best teachers make it look… well, invisible.

That’s where our Classroom Management Scoresheet comes in. Using our simple process, we can help you improve your behaviour management, step-by-step. Here’s how it works.

1. Grab a copy of the scoresheet

First of all, head over to this page of our website and download a free copy of the Classroom Management Scoresheet.

The scoresheet is a list of clear, actionable behaviour strategies that the best teachers implement (and some ‘sins’ they avoid.)

It’s based on our extensive experience of observing teachers across hundreds of classrooms.

2. Score a lesson

Use dice to pick a random lesson that you taught yesterday. This will stop you from picking a lesson when you were at your best.

Run through the scoresheet and tick off (honestly) the strategies you used. If you find this difficult, ask someone you trust to watch a lesson and do this for you.

Use the instructions in the pack to calculate your score (out of 50) and a ranking.

3. Pick one area of improvement

Now find one strategy or idea listed on the scoresheet that you didn’t include in your teaching.

Over the next few weeks, make a point of exploiting that strategy in every single lesson that you teach.

If it helps, write it on a sticky note and paste it on your desk as a reminder.

4. Improve your score

Once you feel that the new strategy has become second nature, complete another copy of the scoresheet for an up to date lesson.

Remember to do this for a random lesson – don’t cherry pick lessons you thought went well.

Calculate your new score – you will see an improvement. Congratulations!

Now pick another idea that you were missing from the scoresheet and starting incorporating that into your practice.

Rinse and repeat the process until you have achieved the ‘ultimate’ ranking.

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