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New to Early Years. Classroom management tips?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by therumpus, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Thanks :). Any other ideas?
     
  2. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Year 2 aren't considered to be early years. Early years is nursery and reception.

    Year 2 definitely don't need reminders about handing scissors properly and the like, or mine don't. They are 6 and 7 years old and pretty capable in many ways.

    I do say things like "I'm waiting to see everyone sitting on their bottoms and listening" or "Oh dear I can't ask you because there is a problem with the way you are sitting" and other such things. I definitely don't go through all the little details of what good listening looks like, they learned all that in early years.

    The biggest way to manage behaviour is praise and responsibility. They love stickers and housepoints and smiles and applause from peers. And of you ask for a volunteer for a job you will get a forest of hands.
     
  3. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    In Y2 I use Give Me Five
    [​IMG]basically I tell them the rules day and then hold up my hand when I want them to listen and they hold up theirs to acknowledge the instruction.
     
  4. I did early years as my specialism when training and it definitely included Year 2. (3-7 years). Regardless, I agree with Minnie that they respond very well to praise. I have a busy bees jobs board, as Year 2s love to be helpful and do jobs and they are very capable. Mine do things like callibrating the white board, sorting the recycling, floor patrol, chairs etc. I swap the jobs each week. I also have a Heroes board where I have different heroes who help other children with spelling, or reading, friendship issues, or maths etc. I often encourage them to talk through their friendship problems and try and find a solution together. They are old enough to take responsibility and young enough to be really keen.
    In my school housepoints don't start until Year 3 so mine earn stickers on their personal sticker charts. They earn them for effort, but also for attitude, kind actions etc. I also do the secret worker and walker and whoever it is earns beads for the class jar. They earn a whole class reward when it is full. They have to assess their own behaviour and decide how many beads they think they earned, which encourages them to be honest and responsible. Like Minnie's, mine respond very well to 'well done xx for showing me you are listening' etc. That's usually all it takes for them to sit up and listen. Of course there are some days when they are incredibly loud, argumentative and spend the whole day telling you about one tiny non existent injury after another, but generally it's a lovely age to teach as they are so keen.
     
  5. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I did my MA in Early Years 3-8 years but generally an early years class is regarded as reception or nursery not Y1 or 2.
     
  6. Thanks for the advice :).

    I believe that, for us, Early Years goes from Prep to Grade 3, so quite an age range! Middle primary is currently 4 and 5 and upper is 6 & 7. I'm sure there'll be a reshuffle in a couple of years though ;). I think our Early Years teachers are qualified up to Grade 2 or 3.
     

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