An Overview of my Classroom

Addressing Behavior

  1. ClassDojo is an online behavior management system intended to foster positive student behaviors and classroom culture.
  2. When I am upset at how students are behaving, make this known. Do not result to simply yelling, but instead, be stern and sincere. Have a conversation with the students on what they did wrong and how that made me feel. Ask them “What can we do better in the future?” This allows students to understand what they did wrong and how they can fix it.

Classroom Rules

At the beginning of the year, have the students come up with classroom rules together. This holds students responsible for their own ideas. Once the rules are written on a paper to display, have students sign it at the bottom.

Distract the Distracter

Ask the off-task student a question about the content. This question must be easy enough for the student to answer to avoid embarrassment. If I am unsure of an easy question to ask, ask the student to read something aloud to the class such as information on the board or a question on a worksheet.

Keeping Track of Time

Use a timer as students are doing their work and during transitions in order to ensure all lessons are covered.

Marble Jar

Use a marble jar as a form of positive reinforcement. When the marble jar is filled, the students get a reward.

Helping Students Concentrate/Quiet Down

When noticing students are having a difficult time concentrating or keeping the noise level down, quiet them down and do a breathing exercise to get them back on track.

After Lunch Cool Down

Since students have a lot of energy during recess and lunch time, put on calming music for two to three minutes after students come back to class. Students will put their heads down and close their eyes to calm them down before getting to work again.

Growth Mindset

Students who demonstrate a growth mindset believe their abilities develop over time, tend to seek out opportunities to gain new knowledge, and do not typically shy away from challenges. Praising students for hard work, rather than intelligence, will help to foster confidence that anything can be learned with the right amount of effort. Help students focus on and value the process of learning. Example activities include:


  • Sorting fixed and growth mindset statements
  • Discussing the power of “yet”
  • Changing fixed mindset statements to growth mindset statements
  • Having students list their goals and provide steps for how they will achieve those goals
  • Making a growth mindset action plan where students specify what did not work out for them, identify what they did, share how that made them feel and what they learned, decide on new strategies to try, and express how they feel now.
  • Discuss why it is important to have a growth mindset
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