Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bright Ideas: The Simplest Way to Manage Hallway Behavior

Hey everyone,

Hallway behavior can be a tricky thing to manage.  When you see a class coming down the hallway, you typically see the teacher either A: walking forward with the class doing silly things behind them, or B: walking backward and almost running things (or, if you're like me, tripping over your own feed) while your students giggle.  I have decided neither of those work for me and found the simplest way to manage hallway behavior.  Check out my Bright Idea!
Alright, are you ready for the simplest way to manage your class's hallway behavior? Here it is: walk BEHIND your class :).  Simple, right?

Look at that awesome hallway behavior.  And I didn't even tell them until later that I snapped these shots :).

Now, I know many of you probably already do this… but I also know there are many teachers that still go home each day with a knot on the back of their head from the pole in the middle of the hallway they couldn't see because they were walking backward so they could keep an eye on their class :).  
Let me tell you why this works…
This works so well because it makes your students feel very responsible and they feel like they have a bit of freedom.  They feel like "big kids" without their teacher "hovering" over them.  Walking behind them also allows you to keep an eye on everyone and easily monitor their behavior.  Your students know you are watching them and are therefore more likely to display the appropriate hallway behavior.

So there you have it.  The simplest way to manage hallway behavior.  I hope this tip helped save some headaches :).  If you liked my bright idea, feel free to join me on Instagram or Facebook for more bright ideas.

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