Teacher Tip of the Week: Using Placement Markers for Classroom Management

Miss Jessica uses scarves during story time and warm ups so children have a spot to sit.

Miss Jessica uses scarves during story time and warm ups so children have a spot to sit.

We’ve all had those classes: Walk in, ready to teach and the kids are running around the room like crazy people! As a new teacher, we ask politely to listen and stop running. One, two…TEN times. Finally our pleading may result to screaming, frustration and unnecessary discipline. Here’s a simple, and easy trick to help children know their spots and where they need to be at all times during dance class.

In classes, especially preschool aged, it’s helpful to use “markers” or “spots” in class to help children know where to stand, sit, or be while waiting for instructions. For warm ups, this is as simple as a mat the kids can stand on. Across the floor, it can be differentiated between two points. “Today we are going to skip from the cat to the unicorn!” (we like using stuffed animals but you can also use cones, markers, hoola hoops, etc). When it’s time for choreography, using Masking Tape (which can easily be removed) with a sticker on it, will help kids stand in their correct places! Try this teacher Tip of the Week! Let us know how you liked it!

Dancers in our City of Edgewater classes, are spread out equally in a circle when they have a spot to stand on.  Photo: Deanna Trevizo

Dancers in our City of Edgewater classes, are spread out equally in a circle when they have a spot to stand on.
Photo: Deanna Trevizo

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