Use Classroom Management to Calm Your Students

Transition times – those chaotic times when students get back from gym class, for instance – are always tricky, even for the most seasoned educators. A class of 25 excited kids can be difficult to manage during these times.

To that end, today on, seasoned educator Janelle Cox, who has spent years in the classroom and is also a regular contributor, takes a look at how teachers can use classroom management tactics to calm energized students down.

Janelle’s ideas include:

Janelle sums up her article thusly, in a section entitled, “Limit the Number of Students in Class”: “When students get back from a special activity like gym or recess, they are very wound up. When you have more than 20 kids enter your classroom all at the same time, this can lead to a lot of chaos. Instead, have a few students at a time take turns getting a drink from the water foundation or their water bottles, then enter the classroom. If you have five students at a time enter the classroom instead of 25, you will limit the amount of chaos that will be in your classroom.”

Do you have any tips to help calm students down in school? Please share your expertise, we would love to hear what you do in your classroom. You never know, your ideas may just be the thing that works for other teachers too!

Classroom Games: Winter Brain Breaks

Chances are, it’s cold and windy where you live and teach right now. And with the cold comes the winter doldrums – kids are cooped up, wound up, and ready for just about anything that bucks the normal school day.

Recently, we listed out some classroom games and winter brain breaks designed to break the monotony of a cold winter day. Our ideas, again compiled by contributor Janelle Cox, are great ways to recharge your students on these frigid February mornings and afternoons.

These ideas include:

    Have a snowball fight (not literally)
    Winter-Themed Yoga Poses
    And More!

Do you have any classroom games or fun winter brain break ideas that students love in your classroom?