Classroom management can be a challenge, especially for those on a budget. Here are five tried-and-true ideas that have seen me through many years of teaching kindergarten. Follow these guidelines to make managing your classroom an inexpensive and painless experience.
This goes for individual and group rewards, as well as for birthdays and holidays.
Choose where to sit
Play a game instead of working on an assignment
Play on the computer
Show and Tell
I make punch cards so students can pick a reward and then earn it. Once a reward is cashed in, they can pick a new reward. Punches are free for birthdays and holidays.
Play slow instrumental music to create a peaceful environment
Play upbeat tunes for a mood or energy boost
Celebrate an accomplishment by singing and dancing
Designate a song that is used for transitions
Quiet as a Mouse Bubbles (bubble solution, bubble wand)
Smarty Spray (spray bottle, water)
Speedy Clean-Up Spritzer (spray bottle, Alka-Seltzer tablet
Helping Hands Soap (pump dispenser, foaming hand soap)
Magic "Pay Attention" Mist (mister, water, peppermint extract)
Tattletale Repellent (can of air freshener)
Fear Extinguisher (spray bottle, water, vanilla extract)
Sand timer or sensory bottle
Leftover candy canes
Stuffed animal or pillow (musical ones are a bonus!)