Amazing classroom management for lining up can happen in any classroom easily. Most times, getting into line can make or break a calm, efficient class. I had some issues with students that were running to get into line and fighting about where they wanted to stand in the line. It was a mess. Because of the fights and arguments. I had to do something.
“If you find yourself getting upset with the students’ behaviors…STOP…and think about what you can change.”
So I decided to teach exactly what I wanted to see and hear when they got into line.
I put small pieces of floor tape spaced apart with numbers. Each child was given a number based on the first letter of their name. Hint, hint…ABC order made it easy for me to remember their numbers!
What happens first when lining up?
I modeled how the students should line up:
Walk quietly to their number.
Stand quietly facing forward.
Wait patiently. (Check out ways to wait patiently.)
What happens next when lining up?
They had to tell me what they saw me do and what they heard as I went into line.
Then I had 3 students practice. As a group we discussed what we saw and heard! A bunch of compliments were given for the great lining practice.
We tried 5 different students next and offered many more compliments. Then we tried the entire class. I offered many compliments for quiet walking students.
Every Time We Lined Up
For the next several week, before we lined up, I asked the students to “think about” what it should look like and sound like when we get into line.
As the weeks continued, I would give the “thinking reminder” whenever I noticed a rule that wasn’t being followed.
The students then started to get into line with the friends that were in front or behind them. It was magical!
I hope this helps you create a magical classroom experience!