With almost a decade of teaching experience in middle and high school classrooms, I’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to improve my classroom management techniques. But one thing I know for sure is that it IS a work in progress that doesn’t happen overnight!
One of the most important aspects of classroom management is being able to get your students’ full attention at a moment’s notice and…. wait for it… HOLD IT for as long as needed! I doubt that I am one of the only teachers that finds this task challenging, year in and year out! Can you relate?
The Problem: I am a self-proclaimed “energetic teacher”. Yep… I like to get my kids excited about learning and being together in my classroom on the daily. There is nothing quite like a classroom for middle school students and I LOVE it…. until I don’t 😉 LOL!
This year I am going to try something new…. A WIRELESS DOORBELL!
Why a doorbell? Can’t kids knock if I don’t want them to come in the classroom? Well… this doorbell is not used for entering the classroom – it’s magic comes once the kids have already entered the classroom and have settled in!
Once I feel that I need to get my student’s attention, or in other words, get them quiet and focused on ME – all I have to do is press the button on the wireless doorbell remote and VIOLA – you can hear a pin drop in an instant (well after months of training the kids)! LOL! I laugh because just writing about this reminds me how exhausting the game of classroom management is at the middle school level!
Trust me when I say – if you feel like this is something that might work or be needed in your classroom – you won’t regret it! I learned about this magic tool from another educator’s blog and am so excited I stumbled upon it!
Have you tried anything like this? I’d love to hear about any other classroom management tips you have! Drop them in the comments below 🙂