Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ten Pins for Classroom Management!

I am linking up with Ashley at Just Reed to share 10 of my favorite Pinterest pins dealing with classroom management.  The most effective classroom management tool I've found (in my ENTIRE 12 years of teaching) is Whole Brain Teaching.  It's a teaching style that totally works.  You can read about my experience {HERE}.  I began using WBT last year with my 1st graders and it was a total success.  They loved it.  I loved it.  It's a win-win!

WBT has its own set of classroom rules.  I chose to use them, others modify them.  That's one of the things I love about WBT, you can tweak it to fit your needs.

Whole Brain Teaching has many techniques that engage all areas of the brain.  Class-Yes, Teach-OK, and Mirror are just a few of them.  You can read more about them {HERE}.

One more little WBT nugget- STAR Homework.  I loved this system last year.  It gave the kids a sense of ownership and accountability.  {HERE} is a post on it, if you're interested. 

I used to have my students "pull a card" when they reached their limit of warnings.  Last year, I tried the clip chart system and had great success.  I read Rick Morris' ebook Clip Chart.  If you are not familiar with it, I recommend it.  Its an easy read-say 20 minutes- and its packed with ideas.  The positive reinforcement it offered is what convinced me to try it.  As you can see in the picture below,  my discipline clipboard hung beside the chart.  This clipboard went with us everywhere (a school-wide thing).  If a child needed redirecting in music or PE, that teacher took care of it in her own way, but also marked it on the clipboard so I would be aware of the problem.  
You can get my clip chart with 9 levels {HERE}.
You can download my clipboard form {HERE} for free.

This board is a wonderful way to know at a glance who is where.
This idea came from Spectacular 2nd Grade.

I loved these clocks last year.  A Pinterest pin inspired me to create them.  I made one for recess, special area, and lunch.  The hands were made of black foam (not shown).  

If you haven't taught your class to be bucket fillers, I highly recommend it!
Source: The Clutter Free Classroom

Post instructions!  This saves you from having to say the same thing over and over and over and over again.

Here is a GREAT way to know exactly what money brought in should go to!
Source: Anything But Perfect- has since moved to Hello, Cuteness!

This last pin speaks for itself!  Pure brilliance!
Source: Craft Addict

I hope you leave with some new ideas!  Go by Just Reed to see who else linked up!
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Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a lot of great pins! I repinned your bucket filler anchor chart - I like that! Last year I had kids do sticky notes and make an anchor chart, but the sticky notes were big enough to refer back to.
    Hope you have a great Thursday! Sara

  2. Love the pin of the money label. I hate it when a child brings in money and it isn't labeled. I may make something like that and pass out to my students. Thanks.


  3. I am going to use WBT teaching next year and I was wondering if/how it worked with a clip chart system. So the scoreboard is more whole group and the clip chart is for individuals?
    Great pins!

    1. Yes, that's exactly right. I used both last year and it worked well. I'm excited for you to begin WBT! I bet you'll love it! Let me know if you need anything/help or have questions!


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