Looking for a new way to improve classroom management/organize students in your music room? Check out this great blog post from Elizabeth Caldwell who groups her classes into COLOR TEAMS to assist with transitions between activities, beginning and end of class procedures, student jobs, managing student supplies, assigning instruments, seating arrangements, small groups, etc. Click here to read all about it!
Every teacher has their own special way to manage behavior or "keep the peace" in their room. As music teachers, we usually service most, if not all of the school, so coming up with something that works universally for every class is quite the challenge. In my room, I've created two different kinds of incentives for my students: individual and whole-class.
INDIVIDUAL - I created a set of grade-level specific music flash cards that are color-coded for each of the grades I teach (1st - 5th). They are in the front of the room and separated into individual bins labeled 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. When a student answers a question correctly or assists me or another student with a lesson, they can go select a card. At the end of class, they hand the card back to me for a skittle or a sticker. If there is time at the end of class, I'll ask those students who have cards to come up to the front and share the musical term/definition on their card with the rest of the class.
WHOLE-CLASS - I have a clip chart in the front of the room with every classroom teacher's name on it. The chart is color-coded as follows:
Blue - Standing Ovation
Light Blue - Bravo
Green - Round of Applause
Yellow - 2 thumbs up
Orange - 1 thumb up / 1 thumb down
Red - 2 thumbs down
Purple - Award Winning
All classes start the year out on "Yellow - 2 thumbs up". During each class period, depending on class-wide behavior, their clip moves up or down. At the end of each quarter (9 weeks), the classes whose clips are on "Purple - Award Winning", get a prize or game day. All clips move back to yellow at the beginning of the next quarter.
What do you use in your classroom that works? Comment below.
It took me a while before I found classroom rules that I liked. I wanted something positive but effective, and I also wanted them to be musical and interactive. I searched Pinterest and found some rules with a rhythmic pattern, and with a little tweaking, I settled on these eight "RHYTHM RULES"...
What rules do you use in your classroom? Comment below. If you like my rules and would like a copy, you can download them FREE here...
Hi there! I'm Mr. Q, an elementary music teacher from Florida. I created this website to be a place where kids can come learn all about music, and teachers can find and share great lessons to use in their music classrooms. I'd love to hear from you! You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or simply comment on any of the blog posts with your ideas!