CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO SMALL GROUP TEACHING
Be well organised, have a clear structure in mind for the lesson and give clear explanations to the children.
Give children clear routines to follow for each lesson.
Ensure children know what your expectations of them are – behavioural and work - make this very clear. They need to be fully aware of the clear pattern of consequences, rewards and sanctions. Be consistent in implementing them.
Give rewards for good work/behaviour – sticker charts, merit stickers, certificates, prizes.
Use a reward system for practising and filling in record book e.g. Practice Champ competition each term with certificates and prizes given at the end of term.
Give praise and encouragement to reward good behaviour - both meaningful verbal encouragement and stickers.
Ignore bad behaviour where possible, move towards good behaviour using proximity praise (e.g. give verbal praise to a child who’s doing the right thing).
Manage difficult behaviour – ignore small things, be very firm if needed.
Keep all children engaged, motivated and involved in the lesson through modelling, praise, encouragement, support, questioning, sharing ideas, everyone contributing, working together, giving feedback, using a wide variety of activities etc.
Use a wide range of resources, including note flashcards, backing tracks on MP3, white board/flipchart, HMS rock pieces, tuition books, individual CDs of backing tracks for each child, differentiated parts to support learning.
Give advice to aid practice during lesson. Use record books consistently to motivate, focus practice and record progress.
LESSON STRUCTURE FOR JUNIOR AGE CHILDREN
Have a clear routine for the children to follow from the moment they enter the room:
Children come in quietly, get their instruments, music and record books out and sit quietly until the start of their lesson.
Record books given in and Practice Champ points awarded.
Children sitting ready to start.
Tuning – involve the children in the tuning process.
Warm ups related to the main portion of the lesson e.g. copycats, question & answer, improvising.
Main part of the lesson – pieces etc.
Recap what the children have learnt.
Clear instructions re homework.
Record books filled in and given back.
Collection of reward stickers.
Children pack up quietly while the next group starts.