New Teachers: Creating a Shiny, Happy Classroom

By:Cheryl Mizerny

Illustration of Teens Faces of Different Race“One of my favorite bands is R.E.M. They wrote this fluffy little song called “Shiny, Happy People”  and hearing it always makes me smile. I want my students to have this same experience when they think of my classroom. I want thoughts of life in Room 132 to bring a smile. These are some of the steps I take to try to make that happen.

As teachers begin this school year, their thoughts undoubtedly turn to the classroom climate they want to establish and maintain. One question that I am often asked (especially by newer teachers) is what kind of classroom management program I use. My answer is that I don’t.

What I prefer instead is to develop a classroom that does not require a system to handle misbehavior because it so rarely occurs.”

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