The Magic 10 Principles of Classroom Management


I have held many positions in the early childhood field. I have been a teacher, coach, observer, and an administrator and one of the most significant issues within the classroom was, what was the main thing that teachers needed to focus on the most to be an effective teacher.
So many early childhood professionals overthink this topic and almost try too hard on what matters. What needs to be focused on is the interactions that happen between the teachers and the children. The following are whats called “The Magic 10” Principles of Early Childhood Classrooms.

1. Reduce time spent in transition. Time moving from one activity to another is the time when children aren’t learning or engaged, which also increases the likelihood of adverse behaviors.
2. Improve the level of instruction. Asking children open-ended, inferential questions and asking them to reflect on what they’ve learned or made predictions based on what they know improves student retention of new material and better prepares them for kindergarten.
3. Create a positive climate. Using positive language to reinforce desired behavior rather than disapproving of specific student actions has a positive effect on children’s ability to self-regulate.
4. Increase time teachers listen to children. Children whose teachers spent significant time listening to them showed a stronger grasp of math concepts, letters, and sight words. Children who spoke more frequently also had stronger self-regulation and vocabulary skills.
5. Plan sequential activities. When children participated in events that followed a logical order, like completing a puzzle or writing a message, they engaged in higher-level thinking, which improved their problem-solving skills.
6. Promote cooperative interactions between children. Children who often worked with peers were more involved in classroom activities, had better language skills, and were better at self-regulation.
7. Foster high levels of child involvement. Children are better at reading comprehension, vocabulary, and math when they are actively involved in an activity, like when a teacher asks them to answer questions or make predictions about the book she’s reading.
8. Provide math opportunities. Children who take part in multi-part math problems and discuss math concepts are better prepared for kindergarten and early math success, which is a strong predictor of late elementary school achievement.

9. Provide Science Opportunities. Children need to explore to not only learn about their environment but to be better prepared for kindergarten and understand how to figure out and solve problems on their own.

10. Plan and Organized.  Teachers that plan and are organized run a room that is organized and neat.  When classrooms present that children are more likely to have that same expectation and respect their classroom and the materials in it.  This also helps with children being less anxious and frustrated eliminating behaviors that come from those feelings.

Monegeau, L. (2017) Early Education. Magic 8 Preschool Practices.