So much of our classroom management skills start in our own heads. Dealing with our own MINDSET and beliefs about who we are and what we're capable of is the first step in both changing your classroom management and making those changes STICK.
You find a new system that works for a colleague and decide to try it out. It works great for awhile, but then, it starts to unravel. The system starts to drain a lot of your time and energy just to keep it going. It's hard to figure out why it works for them and not for you.
Before you know it, you're questioning yourself and your abilities. But... YOU are not the problem. It's just a mindset shift that needs to happen. So quit beating yourself up and struggling to make a failing system work.
Instead, let's talk about how your mindset it SABOTAGING your classroom management. What lies (about you, your students or even classroom management) are you telling yourself without even really knowing it?
Just for one day... write down all of the little things you're saying to yourself when things go wrong. Listen to your self-talk.
Then, reframe those thoughts. For example, "I'm not good at being consistent" becomes "I'm working on my consistency." You get the idea. It's exactly like the mindset work we do with our students. Write your reframed thoughts down and practice the reframed thoughts every day for a week.
That's it for now!