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 5 Trending Classroom Management Strategies That Were Complete FLOPS

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Ever scrolled Pinterest and social media and found trending classroom management strategies you absolutely LOVE? But when you try them in real life, they are complete flops? Well today I am spilling the tead on those trendy classroom management strategies that everyone is buzzing about, why they don’t work, and what to do instead.

So you’re scrolling through TikTok, and you see a new trending classroom management strategies you just “have” to try. You buy all the stuff, cut, laminate, all for it to crumble down the first week. 

Excitedly, in my six years of teaching, I’ve had some classroom management successes and fails. Today, I’m going to share the top trending classroom management strategies I tried that were complete flops. 

My honest opinion — take it or leave it. If you can learn from my lessons, I’m thrilled. Let’s dive in!

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Why they don’t work

Before we dive in, I want to express an unpopular opinion: most of those cute, trending classroom management strategies on social media don’t work. Why? Because they often focus on rewarding or giving attention to good or bad behavior. What you focus on, you create more of. Instead of going to the source of your problem, you’re just putting on a bandaid and hoping it sticks.

Example:

Instead of addressing a chatty class and giving them blurt beans, consider looking at the procedure of raising their hand. Are your students moving enough? Make sure you are giving students several brain breaks throughout the day. Do you need to review the procedure for adding to the conversation? Model what it looks like, discuss what it doesn’t look like, and practice. After that, take time to shout out students who are raising their hands.

Blurt Beans

The Strategy Explained:

Students get a certain amount of beans, and if they blurt, you take a bean. This was a disaster because beans were lost, students weren’t honest, and it turned into tattling and disruptions.

Try this Instead:

If your students are chatty and blurting, ask yourself two questions: Are my students moving enough? Make sure you are giving students several brain breaks throughout the day. Do I need to review the procedure for adding to the conversation? Model what it looks like and discuss, model what it doesn’t look like, and practice. After that, take time to shout out students who are raising their hands.

Clip Chart

What it is:

Students clip up or down based on their behavior.

Why it Didn’t Work:

Students would shut down if they had to clip down, behavior was called out in front of the whole class, and it focused on the negative instead of the positive.

Try this Instead:

The Super Improver Wall from Miss May One Fab Teaching. When a student is going above and beyond and not disrupting, give a sticker to level up.

Classroom Store

What it is:

Students get money or stickers or points for rewards at the end of the week.

Why it Didn’t Work:

Students lose the currency, compare money, and shut down at the end of the week.

Try this Instead:

Beat the teacher – Green tallies for following expectations, red tallies for not following expectations. End of the day, more green than red, means more minutes of extra free time. If red, students owed the teacher time practicing a procedure.

Taking Away Recess

What it is:

Teachers take away recess when students don’t follow expectations.

Why it Didn’t Work:

Students didn’t actually learn the expectation, had a horrible rest of the day, and had pent-up energy due to not moving around.

Try this Instead:

Natural consequences where the act matches the expectation they didn’t follow. For example, if there’s a mess in the bathroom, they clean it up.

Behavior Bingo

What it is:

Students fill out a bingo card for positive behaviors.

Why it Didn’t Work:

It became a routine rather than a positive motivator.

Try this Instead:

Wrap Up

That wraps up the 5 trending classroom management strategies that didn’t work for my class:

  • Blurt Beans
  • Clip Chart
  • Classroom Store
  • Takeaway Recess
  • Behavior Bingo

If you want to dive deeper, join the Classroom Management Challenge or answer your classroom management questions by downloading the Ultimate Classroom Management Guide. Or if you want to take it a step further, I invite you to join The Present Teacher Circle Community, where we master all the different components of having an effortless year, including classroom management, planning/data, planning/prepping, organization, communication, and teacher wellness.

As always remember:

Love,

Helena <3

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