About Me...

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Flourishing with Forgue began with the goal of sharing my knowledge, and experience and throwing in some sarcasm every now and then. My products will focus on Middle School ELA content.

 

Any posts that I share are honest (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and relevant and are meant to help you find exactly what you’re looking for through stories, tips, and insights.

Additionally, I'll talk about motherhood, life as a dog mom, and preparing for college for our son. 

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Classroom Management Techniques

Classroom management techniques are a personal preference. They are not really taught in college. Once you come out of college and step into the classroom, you are bombarded with about 2 trillion different classroom management programs/strategies that you should try. I have provided a VERY simple list of what I think you need to start your school year in order for it to be successful.​

First of all, you need to have all of these routines thought out before the start of the school year. If you are a brand new teacher or new to a building, try to speak to a teammate or administrator to find out how certain procedures run in your building.

  • How do you want students to enter/exit your classroom?

  • What is their routine upon entering in the morning?

  • How do you handle breakfast? (if your school serves breakfast)

  • How do students sign up for lunch?

  • What to do with signed papers/forms/money

  • Going to the nurse

  • Going to the bathroom

  • Lining up

  • Walking in the hall

  • Cafeteria procedures

  • Recess Expectations

  • Asking questions

  • Getting student's attention

Aside from these (and there are probably 30 more) not only do you need to teach them, but you also need to model and practice them. Practice them every day for weeks. You may think it is redundant and silly, but in the long run, it will be super helpful. You also need to consider your English language learners and your IEP carriers. You will probably need to make visual representations of these routines. I personally like to make generic ones at first, and then after I take my student's photos on the first day of school, I delete the original picture and add in their pictures to personalize them. 

Decide how you will handle behavior disruptions. I prefer not to give my students punitive consequences. I prefer to offer them choices in the moment of their behavior. Both choices are something that I can live with. Usually, that negates the need for any consequence. If a consequence is needed, I have a private conversation with that student and they take some time to reflect on what they did, how it made them feel, how it made others feel, and what they would do differently next time. They then help in deciding a consequence IF one is warranted after the reflection piece. I find this much more effective than referrals, time outs, etc. 

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