I am a Junior in college studying Childhood and Special Education.  One of my biggest worries is how I will manage my classroom.  What are some effective classroom management strategies?

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I don't think there is one particular strategy or set of strategies that you can pinpoint. It really depends on the collective group you are working with. If you are dealing with special education students then it depends on their exceptionality. There are certain strategies that will work with autism students that will not work with students who are emotionally disturbed. As to where the intervention strategies for a student with a learning disability and no behavior plan needed would be totally different. 

I would suggest that you purchase and read Harry Wong's First Day of School. 

http://www.effectiveteaching.com/categories.php?category=Our-Standa...

 

This is a tried and true book that has pertinent strategies and approaches that are effective for the classroom teacher.

In am grateful for this book and how it assisted me in my beginning years of teaching. My district during new teacher intake would provide a copy of the book to every new teacher who came into our district. 

 

It covers the spectrum. It basically is a book written from the contributions of teachers and their respective effective strategies.

 

Click this link and check out the preview...it shows the first seven pages of this book..... http://www.effectiveteaching.com/products.php?product=The-First-Day...

 

It is a worthwhile investment. I allowed some one to borrow my copy that the district gave me and they never returned it. I went and purchased another copy and still have it 10+ years later. However, now that is one book I will not loan out. 

I am also in college studying to be a special-education teacher, thought I am not in a school that actually has that program as of yet. I did get to work in a special-education classroom for a few weeks in high school and as far as classroom management goes, I learned a lot.

First, I learned that every child is different in the way that he/she acts and needs to be disciplined. Some students are in special-ed specifically because of their behavior. I had one child who would need minimal discipline, such as just asking him to stop doing whatever only a few times. Other kids I had needed to be more disciplined.

With the one that had more behavior problems, sometimes all he needed was something to do. Asking him to get homework or book was sometimes all it took for him to stop acting out or distracting other students. Other times, some sort of disciplinary action would need to take place. I think this would have to be discussed with the parents to see what is best.

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