5th grade is proving to be quite different than 2nd grade! While the basic principles of classroom management remain the same, I'm quickly reminded of how different kids can be. My new district is far more diverse than my former district and that also creates different issues.
The first thing that is taking time to get used to is teaching the same thing 4 times a day. I can switch things up somewhat because we do ability grouping so each class is a slightly different level so that helps break up the monotony of the day. I have my homeroom for about 2 and a half hours in the morning so I have had a chance to really let them know what I expect and what the consequences are for not doing what they're supposed to do. On the other hand, I have each of the other 3 classes for only 40 minutes a day. I'm having a hard time remembering their names and (for the most part) they're not as well behaved as my homeroom. It makes it more challenging to get through everything we need to do in that short period. I've been taking time daily to remind them of what I expect in my classroom and I've been quick to discipline when there is a problem; I want them to know that I'm serious.
What are your favorite classroom management strategies for this age group?