As I begin a new school year - my 25th, (my student have their first day on Tuesday) I always like to reflect on what setup (beyond the physical part) is best for my students. So
- Hip (Keith Hughes) has a great list of what is most important in the classroom starting with setting up an engaging classroom which lead inevitably to better classroom management. My favorite on his list, though, is to be a little cray cray. Teaching is like any good relationship. The more fun the teacher is having, usually the more fun the students are having. The list isn't something you don't know, but it is good to hear it and make sure you are following each item.
- If you are a new teacher, look at Keith's rules for new teachers.
- Here is a great list of the elements of an effective classroom
- If you want to see some research on what goes into a good classroom going as far as the necessary light (hello 70s era schools without windows!) then go here for a great overview.