How do you manage your time? Do you have a feeling every few days that you missed out on something? that you could do more in your time but “didn’t have the chance”?
Filing School management system are already used for so many purposes in every day life which aren’t recognized as filing systems. Your computer has files and folders in different places probably saved in a haphazard fashion on your hard drive with some things misfiled or duplicated because you’ve lost track of them. The shoebox in the cupboard has a pile of paid bills. That’s a file. A book shelf files books. That’s also a file. As is the shelf under the DVD recorder.
You see, those first few days are the honeymoon period…students are nervous and many are a little scared so they sit back and wait. However, by the end of the first week of school, or certainly by the second week of school, middle school students start to feel more comfortable, they start to test the teacher’s limits and classroom management becomes more and more difficult.
Nothing is more aggravating to parents than not knowing how their child is doing in school. Communication is the key. With online Edulabs software, parents are in the know. Teachers can keep grades, attendance and discipline matters online for each child so that parents can keep tabs on what is going on. It is great for teachers and parents alike. Parents can check on their child’s progress and contact the teacher with questions or concerns quickly. With that contact, teachers become aware of a student’s progress from the parents’ point of view and can help settle any problems that may come up with grades or discipline.
AIM HIGH. You know the sayings: Start tough. Don’t smile until Christmas. It’s easier to get easier. However it is worded, holding your students to high standards is key. Assume every student can adhere to behavior expectations. When students do not, follow up as outlined in your classroom’s and your school’s handbook. Do not waver and do not begin by cutting brakes. Doing either of these things will undermine both the school’s protocol and your authority as a facilitator.
It is at this point that many teachers start to panic and immediately resort to various reward/punishment systems, or as Alfie Kohn refers to them…”carrot and stick” systems.
I agree that this level of responsibility is a tough pill to swallow. Everyone decides who goes into your class. Other people choose the high stake test content. There are variables and circumstances out of your control every day. To make it worse, you can be a content expert but suck at classroom management and your students will miss a great opportunity to learn from you. The bottom line, you cannot blame students. As a teacher you have to figure out a way to reach ’em and teach ’em.