Step Towards How to Run a Successful Classroom

Now let's take a step towards how to run a successful classroom environment.

Classroom Management

One of your biggest concerns as a daycare teacher is going to be classroom management!

No matter how much experience you have as a mom handling your own children, it's something else entirely when you're responsible for a room full of children.

They all come from different backgrounds and have different personalities. Don't worry -- all you need to do is learn the basics of classroom management and you'll likely find that it is easier than you were expecting to manage your classroom.

A huge part of classroom management is organization. If your classroom is not well-organized and well-run, it will show in the behavior of the students.

Handling Inclusion Students

A good inclusion teacher will do his/her best to motivate his or her students, especially the ones who are struggling or who refuse to do the work regularly. Sometimes, a non-disabled teen will reject the help, it has happened to me, believing erroneously that I am not their teacher or that it would place them in the same category as the special education classmates. Yes, there is a certain stigma attached to the label "inclusion student"; the perception is probably due to the lack of comprehension by both regular students and classroom teachers. The question I am asked most often is "What exactly does Learning Disability mean?" I try to clarify the best way possible to my teaching colleagues that these students do not perceive stimuli normally, even though their intelligence level is average-normal. It would take a trained psychologist to give all the details, I am not, but the tool we use to detect such learning disability (LD) is a series of tests which show severe discrepancies between the potential and the actual academic performance. For example, if a child's verbal ability is calculated at 100 and he/she performs at 85, we call that a learning disability in Reading Comprehension.

Auditory Processing Disorder in Children

• Does your child often ask "what?" or "huh?"
• Do you need to repeat questions and directions frequently?
• Is your child easily distracted or bothered by loud or sudden noises?
• Are conversations difficult for your child to follow?
• Are noisy environments upsetting?
• Are verbal (word) math problems demanding?
• Does your child have difficulty following directions?
• Does your child make a great effort to hear the differences between words or sounds that are similar (COAT/BOAT or CH/SH)?
• Does your child struggle with reading, spelling, writing, or other speech-related language difficulties?

Auditory processing disorder affects about 5% of school-age children.