Do you have lots of environmental print hanging in your classroom? Do you post anchor charts for units you are studying? Why do you do that?
As teachers, we hang lots of visuals for our little ones. We know that seeing words or images will help them remember something they are learning. We know they can use those resources as they work to gain mastery of new skills. We should be doing the same thing for ourselves!
I found a picture from my first classroom of the library corner where I did a lot of whole group instruction. On the window, there are three little simple hand-written signs on generic cut-outs. (Don't judge--this was before I had a computer at school or ever dreamed about Teachers Pay Teachers.) The signs were simple, but the 6 words printed on them shaped how I managed my classroom.
I used those 6 words again and again as I managed my first class. Instead of raising my voice with students, I would try to remember to say, "Show me how first graders sit at the rug." "Who can show me a safe way to walk to line?" "Tyra is showing me a quiet way to carry a pencil box without the shaking the crayons."
Please remember, it is vital that you explicitly teach and practice your classroom expectations first. When you ask children to show you how a procedure should be done, they need to already know how it should look and sound in your classroom.
Instead of complaining to my class about their behavior, I would say "Tell me what I should see when I look at your center." "Tell me what we do when we come back from recess." "Tell me two things you can do when you finish reading at read to self."
Instead of always targeting negative behaviors, I would say "Remind me what our line should look like in the hall." "Who can remind me how we put away our art supplies?" "Chris is reminding me what first graders should do if they have a question."
I used these phrases again and again, because I could always see them as I looked over the heads of my first graders. A few years ago, I started watching videos online to learn about Whole Brain Teaching. I knew I wanted to try it in my own classroom. I hung signs on the back wall of my classroom to help me remember to use the different cues until they became automatic.
If you are looking to try a new classroom management technique, it may help to create some classroom posters or charts that are just for you! Hang them in a place where you can easily see them. As teachers we are always learning so we need to make sure we give ourselves the resources we need to be successful!
You can try my new Show Me. Tell Me. Remind Me. posters for FREE. Just click on the image to download them. You get two different sizes so you can pick what fits your classroom.
I also have other posters in my classroom to help me as I manage and teach. You can check them out too by clicking on the pictures!