It’s such a delicate balance: you want to support children’s independence and show genuine regard for their perspectives, but you’re afraid that if you do, your class will get out of control. It’s happened to me—I’m following one child’s lead and suddenly the rest of the group is completely off track, or a child is leading a lesson and the rest of the class ignores him! So how do teachers give children genuine leadership opportunities, and still complete activities and maintain an organized classroom?
The CLASS tool summarizes ways to do both—and our Video Library shows real teachers with strong Classroom Organization skills being flexible and student-focused, and supporting children’s leadership and independence.
Start with clear behavioral expectations so that children know what to do, and be proactive:
Think about Productivity:
Employ effective Instructional Learning Formats so that you can focus more on following children’s ideas and providing genuine leadership opportunities.
Try it out—and post about how it goes!
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in October, 2014, but has since been updated to incorporate more accurate data and to keep content fresh and engaging.
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