I have found a blog (click here to access it) that has a lot of different strategies for classroom management. However, two of the posts stood out to me. One post is about student achievement and one post is about dealing with “tattletales”.
The first post is about student achievement. The school shows recognition to students who score highly on their standardized testing. They have a bulletin board in the school hallway, and post the pictures of students who have done well on the testing to recognize their work. Now, I do think that it is important to recognize student achievement, but I find that this way of recognition would be oppressive, since only select students are put on display. I would use this idea in my classroom, but I would do it to recognize an achievement of all of the students in my class. Whether it was about a high grade, or a sport achievement, or anything the student is proud of, I would put it on display for everyone to see in order to motivate my students to continue with the achievements. I think by recognizing a talent in everyone, it will encourage positive behaviour and success.
The second post I noticed was about dealing with “tattletales”. It is common, especially in the younger grades, to hear the students tattle about someone else. This blog post uses a classroom management tool I would not have thought of, and would not use myself. In the classroom, the teacher posts a large picture of someone famous (Justin Beiber was the example but it is supposed to be age appropriate) in the back corner of the classroom. Every time a student wants to tattle on someone, rather than telling the teacher, they are told to “go tell Justin”. These students go to the back of the classroom and tell their problems to the picture. I do not agree with this strategy. I think it is is oppressive because it makes this student look ridiculous, and it doesn’t form any skills about how to deal with situations. It puts attention right on this student, which will cause more problems, and be a distraction to the class. The classroom management strategy that I use is “big deal or little deal”. I have used this strategy at the camp I work at, and it has been very successful. At the beginning of camp, when providing the rules, I tell them “big deal or little deal” as a way with dealing with problems. I tell the student that if no one is being harmed, and if it can be dealt with in a non hurtful way, it is probably a little deal, but if it is hurtful (physical or continuous bullying), it is a big deal. By giving this example, it helps the kids to problem solve on their own, which I think is an important skill. I am going to use this in my classroom to try and minimize the little tattle taling, but so that my students also know that I care rather than sending them to the back of the class.