I am in the reminiscing mood this morning, as I sit here and contemplate the end of the school year. It always boggles my mind how when we first arrive in August to begin our time with our students that we cannot fathom June graduation with our middle school students. Yet, that date in June always shows up abruptly at our classroom door. I want to push it back and tell it I am not ready! I am not ready, as I need more time with my students for learning and just for time with them. Yes, I now love them deeply and hate when I have to say goodbye. As I continue my reflection I contemplate my teaching and classroom management. I always have the students do an anonymous survey on what they learned and my teaching for the year. This is to help me with what I should be doing and planning for the following year. This year as I reviewed the survey's I found myself relating my classroom management to quotes and insight of others. The follow are a few to contemplate.
Classroom management is like:
"...a technical manual because it should include everything that happens in your classroom. Just like you can look up any specific problem or topic in a technical manual and find information, you should have a plan, routine, or procedure for everything that happens in your classroom. This will ensure that things run as smoothly as possible."~ Eunice Nickel
"...a romance novel because you want the students to fall in love with you and learning. You will have your up and downs like any relationship but in the end you want yourself and the other person to be happy."~ Samantha Heasty
"...a travel guide because the school year is a journey that takes you many places whether they be smooth easy highways or rough bumpy roads. Like a good travel guide, good classroom management can successfully lead you though the school year. It can show you your destinations along the way, point out the "pit stops" where you need to stop and refuel, and finally help lead you through the school year on the smoothest road possible."~ Conolley August