Here are some suggestions to better manage your 1:1 classroom.
- Classroom management should focus on the students. What worked previously in managing the students will continue to work, even in the technology supported environment.
- Anticipate the worst, hope for the best. Have a plan to deal with off-task, or disruptive behavior.
- Be attentive to instructional design. Create and use lesson plans that emphasize student learning
- Challenge the students to be continually active and engaged. Leave no time for off-task behavior or boredom
- Differentiate and personalize student work. Accommodate ability levels, learning styles, and learning challenges with a variety of learning, and assessment options.
- Empower students by helping to make their learning personal and meaningful. Inquiry-based, connectivist, constructivist lessons will create opportunities for students to take responsibility for their learning. (self-regulated learners)
Student Management Strategies
- Facilitate learning and promote attentiveness through proximity. Move around the learning area and use distance to influence behavior.
- Set expectations for hands-on, hands off time for learning tools. If the teacher closes the iPad, only the teacher may reopen it. The technology tool time out.
- Take time to practice putting the iPads into sleep mode. This instant on, instant off capability comes in handy when requesting undivided attention from students.
- Foster a learning community that thrives on collaborative work. Create back channels for students to stay engaged during classroom discussions (Today's Meet, or Twitter chat)
- Use timers to help students stay focused and on task. Time limitations and expectations help keep students on a challenging, but productive pace.
- Clearly share expectations and guidelines with students. Empower students to help create and communicate behavioral expectations. Model digital responsibility, social media etiquette, and digital learning for your students.
- Use the room layout to promote periods of cooperation (pods) vs. periods of independent work or assessment (rows).
- Take time to practice using the iPads for specified purposes. Establish procedures to deal with technical issues when they occur. Identify student tech leaders that can assist you and other students with technology.
- Identify tell-tale signs when students are off task. These may include; screen-fixated eyes, typing off normal pace, color reflections that don't match the rest of the class, reactions or emotions that don't match the activity.
- Technology won't fix pre-existing student management issues
- Boring lessons are still boring with technology
- More technology doesn't necessarily mean more, or better learning
- What are your consequences for misbehavior? Is there complete classroom awareness?
Effective Classroom Management
Classroom Management Tips
What strategies do you use for effectively managing a 1:1 learning environment?