Guidelines To Success – Classroom Organization

I broke my foot in September. For three months I was on the sofa with my foot elevated. I didn’t do much of anything but rest. Forced rest usually happens right before a period of change and now it looks like I may move. So, I started purging and while cleaning out my files I found my Resource Book for Training Teachers, compiled by LA Unified Teachers and the University of Southern California in 1982.

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CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION

1. Plan your work carefully – There is no substitute for good planning.
2. Be prompt with clerical work – You expect students to meet their assignments; be careful about meeting your own.
3. Do NOT do clerical work in class – The class period belongs to students; they are your first responsibility.
4. Start slowly – A steady, well-organized pace is far better than a big explosion that fizzles out.
5. Establish routines – Whether it is a form for written work or a procedure for turning in papers, students need to know a way of doing things.
6. Set standards – Partial learnings, careless work, sloppy behavior and poor citizenship result from a teaching situation without standards and objectives.
7. Be firm but fair from the beginning – Control must be gained from the start. It is easier to relax control than it is to impose it after is has been lost.
8. Know your students – Knowledge of the student is important; study all the records and observe.
9. Be Patient – All children will not grasp your words of wisdom the first time.
10. Be calm – Fear, excitement, and frustration are contagious. A calm teacher is the key to a calm classroom.
11. Keep a sense of humor – It will save many a situation.
12. Observe other teachers – You can learn much from your fellow teachers and they are usually willing to share their experiences.
13. Accept and apply suggestions – Observation and suggestion are meant to help, not hinder.

Do they even teach this anymore in teacher training programs? There’s even a section on diagramming sentences!