Welcome to the School Clubs Team!
We are happy to have you on board and are excited that you are a part of the team ready to provide some amazing clubs to excited students.
It is a wonderful time to be a club leader, at the end of a long day learning children love the opportunity to dive into something that they are genuinely interested in; this is your chance to spark young minds. Remind them why learning is fun and explore new ideas and experiences.
We want the students to have fun; there is no question about that, but sometimes there are other things happening in the school and we have to keep in mind that not everyone needs to hear the fun! Here are a few tips for keeping the noise to a positive and controlled volume.
Stand near the noisy students
- This strategy is a classic that most teachers learn early in their career. If the class is being too rowdy, standing near the loudest students can get them to settle down, especially if you stay silent while doing it.
Try a countdown
- How you react can also have a big impact. Establish a rule at the beginning of the term that if the class gets too noisy or off-task, you’ll start a countdown at the front of the room.
Foster a positive club environment
- Overall, it’s important to remember that taking the time to build positive classroom culture can go a long way to having a quiet classroom. By developing an amiable, trusting relationship with your students upfront, they’ll be more likely to be respectful in the long run. Focus on creating positive shared experiences, it’s a fun and easy way to encourage students to take part in the keeping the peace!
Don’t allow noise to get out of control
- Once students are very loud, you will have to take extreme measures to get them to stop being noisy. You’ll find it easier if you begin to control noise levels as soon as class begins.
Model the noise level that you want from your students
- If you speak softly, your students will follow your lead. If you shout, you will dramatically increase the noise level in your class because students will see this as permission for them to shout, too.
Never talk over noise or shout to be heard in your classroom!
Managing the Classroom can sometimes be a challenge but ensuring that you are using your time wisely will ensure that students get the most out of the club, you finish on time and projects are not left incomplete. Here are a few tips on how to ensure you use the hour wisely!
Manage Your Time Carefully
With so many students, it’s easy to let a game or activity take up a lot of time. Have a clock visible and keep a close eye on it, or bring a timer to keep a strict limit on activities. Always have extra activities planned and ready to go in case you have extra time.
- Use the first 5-10 minutes of the class handing out materials and showing the kids the example of what they are creating, or explaining this weeks activity.
- Use the next 30-45 minutes doing the activity, creating or working on the challenge; this is your opportunity to help students, engage and ensure they are all having a good time.
- The last 10-15 minutes should be spent wrapping up the club; cleaning up the mess, doing show and tell or asking questions about how they feel this weeks club was.
*If you can ensure that you are following this guideline you will get out of the club on time, parents will be able to pick up their children without waiting and you might even have a few minutes to answer questions from parents or school staff. Please keep in mind that you are not only a reflection of your own professionalism you are also a reflection of School Clubs.
Plan, Plan, Plan
- That means you need to know exactly what you and the students are doing next. Dead time while you are shuffling through materials or notes trying to find the right page or choose an activity is the perfect time for students to get distracted and start misbehaving.
- Routines are one of the most important things to have in terms of maintaining order in the classroom. What is the first thing you do when the club begins and what is the last thing you do when the club is closing up?
Divide the Class into Teams
- Having a fun, competitive environment can help motivate students. By rewarding points for the quietest team, best behavior, or fastest to finish their work, you can keep their behavior in check, too. A lot of the projects or challenges in your lesson plans will foster this idea.
Accept That Things Take Longer
- Some items or lesson plans are going to take longer than you anticipated and that’s okay; if it’s something that can be put aside until the following week – go for it! Students will anticipate coming back to the club and finishing what they started.