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Things getting a bit fidgety?  The honeymoon of the start of the year almost over?  I know, some of you have great classes this year. AWESOME! I feel like they come in waves.  Some years more challenging than others.  That’s ok. You’ve got this year’s class for a reason.  And you’ve got this.  PERIOD.  I often find that in the first couple of weeks of October, the honeymoon is over. For those of you that this is true, this post is for you.

Today, I am sharing 3 quick classroom management ideas you can do ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.

First up is a little game I like to call: Open/Close.

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You first stop what you’re doing.  Be abrupt.  That seems to get the most attention.  Don’t tell them what you’re doing just say, “OPEN”.

Hold your hands up, eye level, with your hands open. Also open your mouth.

Then say “CLOSE”.

Close your mouth and hands.

Do a few of these so the kids stop what they are doing and join in.

Then, sort-of like Simon Says, they have to do what you say NOT what you do. Try to get their attention, give directions, fast, slow, faster and see who is following your voice directions. See if you can say “open” but your hands are really closed. If they get tripped up, no biggie, just have them keep trying.

This is by far my FAVORITE.  It gets their attention, refocuses them, and can be done anywhere. Oh -and movement is involved.  Most of the time, kids, especially boys need to MOVE.

Plus, I love watching people walk by when we are doing this in the hallway.  It’s just so funny when you are in the middle of the hallway and everyone’s mouth is open —-but not a peep is made.



Did you know I taught Yoga (to adults) for 5 years?  I absolutely LOVED it.  I never in a million years thought I would love Yoga.  I had so many misconceptions about it and frankly thought it was a waste of time.  I was a group fitness instructor for 12 years (everything from STEP to SPIN and held a personal trainer certification) and thought the cardio maximized my time more. Bringing it to the classroom was by accident. Kids were fidgety.  Little one was staring off into space.  I could just see him thinking, “What Writing Workshop? I have to write?”  Especially for my boy writers.  Yes, m’dear, you have to write. I told them to stand up and one thing led to another and a great break took place.  {With Yoga!} Now, there could be other factors going on but doing YOGA is a recharge if you will…a jump start to getting the blood flowing.

Most of the time, that is what the fidgeters need…to get their blood flowing.

So, engage them in a 5 minute downward facing dog or dragon pose.  It’s not important to know the names but find 5 exercises you really like, learn them, memorize them, and use them again and again.  You can find some kid-friendly yoga exercises HERE.



This one is tricky because you don’t want to get the kids energized to where they have trouble getting back to focus and on task with the project or activity on hand. Here’s my solution to that: play soft music like symphony or Enya (my particular go-to with this).  This gets them up and moving but not moving so much that they have trouble settling down.

So, there you have it.  I was AMAZED at how many people responded! Thank you for taking the time to respond.  Really means SO much!!  I thought I would share these classroom management ideas and if you need more positive classroom reinforcements you can check out my resource here.  I also stayed up last night thinking of more ideas to share with you on this topic.  I can’t wait to help where I can….it’s coming.  YAHOO!

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