Never Yell and Other Classroom Management Secrets of a Pro

Classroom management is a challenge for many teachers. Stacey Corrigan talks about how she manages her classroom. From transitions to handling disruptions, Stacey talks about the 20+ year classroom journey. She even shares the mistakes she has made and how she tries to help teachers not make those same mistakes. This is a refreshing way to start 2019 with perspective on the struggles all of us teachers face.

Today's show is sponsored by the 40-Hour Workweek Teacher Productivity cohort from Angela Watson. It closes on January 10. Learn more about how you can save time in your classroom.

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Stacey Corrigan

Stacey is a picture book author and second-grade teacher with 20+ years of experience. Her debut picture book, THE PENCIL EATER, will be released by MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing in the next few months.

Stacey grew up in Elkton, MI and began writing as a columnist for a local newspaper in high school. She graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Elementary Education and Saginaw Valley State University with an MA in Early Childhood Education.

Stacey is a member of SCBWI, a 12 x 12 participant, and a Storystorm 2018 and 2019 participant.

Stacey lives in Michigan with her husband, two teenage sons, and an adorable beagle named Sadie.

A Note on Classroom Management

From show host, Vicki Davis.

Classroom management is a struggle for many of us. The books that have helped me the most are Fred Jones' Tools for Teaching and Harry Wong's The First Days of School.

I totally agree with the principle of not yelling. Yes, I messed up and yelled one time last semester. I regretted it afterwards. I can think of only one time when I yelled for emphasis about an overall class issue of integrity and a pursuit of excellence when it was a time I think that it fit the circumstances. (I've also yelled at many ballgames for kids but that's an entirely different matter.)

It took me a good 3-4 years of learning the hard way to become a much better classroom manager, but I'll admit — I'm still learning. My Daddy always taught me “never brag on your dogs or your children and say they'll never do something!” I would add, “and never say __ won't happen in my classroom.” With teaching comes a great humility at knowing that surprising (and disappointing) things can happen in anyone's classroom. But we can effectively manage our classroom.

Don't think classroom management means that you're the dictator or that you have to do all the work — quite the opposite. When my classroom works, it just flows and it is a beautiful, harmonious place. I love my students and am so glad that I persisted through those first very tough years to a place of mutual respect where discipline problems are limited.

You can get there too. Persist. Improve. Learn. You can do it, teacher. Yes you can!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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