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Everybody loves tips and tricks for making classroom management easier, especially when you’re working with a range of grades. Kindergarten classrooms are a completely different world than upper elementary classrooms. Oftentimes, these students are in a formal school setting for the first time. This brings unique challenges to specialists, like school counselors, who may only be in these classrooms one or two times a month. Today, I have a special guest sharing her best advice on how to have successful lessons when you’re going into early elementary classrooms.

In this episode, I am talking with Kristina Harrill. Kristina is a former kindergarten teacher with wonderful insight into classroom management. She has seen what works and what doesn’t when teaching little learners. Kristina shares what is important for specialists to consider when going into these classrooms the first few times and gives some great tips on how to build rapport and be successful when teaching lessons in kindergarten classrooms. 

I hope you’ll take the easy-to-implement tips she gives and use them next school year to make your lessons with little learners be the best they can be!

Kristina is the founder of Sweet for Kindergarten and passionate about all things phonics and phonemic awareness. Sweet for Kindergarten supports and serves K-1 educators with research-based phonics ideas, curriculum, and trainings to help teachers create simple and engaging phonics instruction in classrooms everywhere.

Be sure to join the Impact Summer Summit that is FREE for IMPACT members. Kristina will be presenting and doing a deep dive into classroom management and engagement that you won’t want to miss!

Some topics covered in this episode are:

  • IMPACT Summer Summit Conference Announcement

  • The difference between early elementary and upper elementary classroom management

  • Tips on how to start building rapport with young students on day 1

  • The importance of firm expectations and how to make it easy for students to remember them

  • How consistency and procedures help your lessons run smoothly

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More About School Counseling Simplified:

School Counseling Simplified is a podcast offering easy to implement strategies for busy school counselors. The host, Rachel Davis from Bright Futures Counseling, shares tips and tricks she has learned from her years of experience as a school counselor both in the US and at an international school in Costa Rica.

You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!


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