Train your teachers for classroom management

For today’s proven management solution, I want to talk to childcare business owners about classroom systems. If you follow this system you will never be without great trained teachers. So if you’re interested in finding out about the secrets that I’ve used to accomplish this, be sure to read this blog.

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Well all right, let’s dive deep into today’s training about classroom management. Last week, we talked about classroom management. If you haven’t read about it yet, be sure to check out my previous blog post by clicking here.

But what we did was we described what classroom management included classroom and to me is how well the classroom flows, the ability to keep your schedule and skill in a variety of areas such as curriculum teaching, classroom safety, awareness, and having the skill set and the ability for proper classroom hygiene disinfection, how the classroom is set up and why, and keeping the classroom style guide that is my definition of classroom management. 

Here at the School of Systems, our strategies are given to CEOs to implement strategies that help with the behavior of staff. And once you help the staff with their behavior, it then trickles down to the student. So your behavior management is not the classic behavior management that’s defined online. It is the definition that we use in the School Of Systems so that you can improve the way your classrooms operate, and help gauge the behavior of your teachers. 

So if you do these strategies, the behaviors of your teachers will change. Let’s start with strategy number one. 

The first thing I want you to do when it comes to classroom management is to determine how many centers your classrooms will carry. What do I mean by that? Well, I’ve traveled the world and I’ve gone from center to center and I’ve gone to individuals with multiple childcare locations. And they don’t have classroom management in place. I have noticed that they may have a dramatic play, reading, music, circle time, and science at one school, and when I go to the next school, they have arts and crafts, then they have the dramatic play, the learning boards, or what we call center time, and then they’ll have something like blocks. 

But the center they had when they first got started versus the sooner they have now are totally set up differently. So they are completely different centers. So that tells me that classroom management training is little to none existent or is not consistent throughout the organization. Now that might not apply to you because you may not own multiple locations.

 However, if you do have a childcare program and you have not written out in SOP format, what centers you have in your childcare classrooms, then that’s step one. 

How can you create a training module or how can you create any type of teacher for ongoing professional growth and development if you don’t have your foundations written now? So when you have what centers you have in your classrooms, then you can apply a training module.

So in my program, I trained my teachers, and this is key point number two, but I just want to show you, we use what we call an activity schedule. So my activity schedule was set up with my centers, color coded so all of these were my centers, and they were color coded. So every classroom, even infants, would create centers that had some magnets for the material that represented the center.

 And then the colors for my centers had trays that were used for classroom management. So these were the colors of my trays. 

All right, so my team and I would do step two, we would train every 10 weeks, so it wasn’t a system that I would put in place and then walk away. No. There are other systems beyond the classroom that caused me to be able to manage this, but for the sake of the blog, I’m just talking about classroom management. And so my team and I will go through this planner every two weeks, and they will be expected to use it in their classrooms every day. There will be incentives for when I asked for that they could produce it. And when we had our meetings they will be required to bring this planner.

And so what this did was it allowed me to pre-plan before meeting with my team. And then when I got time to meet with my team every two weeks, I would then be able to just go over my strategy, and then teach it to them and they would write notes in their own planner. And so that was the secret number to ensure that you are training your teachers every 10 weeks.

And then the third secret that I’ve done is to provide my team with tools. When I first got started I was like many of you just asking them to bring pen and paper to the meeting. Then I elevated from pen and paper to give them a calendar and then gave them the company vision and then I elevated from that to giving them actual tools. This tool was a game changer in my organization because when I gave them tools I gave them the resources that they need in order to follow my system in order to think like me, and in order to hold themselves accountable. 

So now I was able to teach them classroom management. How I want my classrooms to flow. I was able to teach about my classroom schedule, and classroom organization, And by breaking it down and giving them a planner and a tool that supports those training pieces, I was able to create a team that could run my organization without me. So that’s it guys. I think that I have given you loads of content and information today. 

Stay tuned as we continue to go through your classroom management process.

In the next blog, we’re going to be talking about classroom setup, and the importance of that but I’m telling you if you want to learn something new today, be sure to get your spot on our Learn New Systems webinar. And if you’re interested in having these types of tools they are available when you join us in the Jumpstart School Of Systems.