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Classroom Management Tips to Survive Winter

Janelle Cox

It’s not always easy surviving the winter months in your classroom, especially when you live on the East Coast of the United States. The days can feel long and it can be cold and dreary outside. Not to mention, you get to deal with impatient students all day long, who are becoming bored of their mundane tasks and most likely counting down the days to their next break. Aside from your students feeling bored and impatient, you’re probably also dealing with a lot of sick students. When you’re in such close quarters, it’s quite easy to spread your germs. Luckily, there are a few classroom management tips to help you get through these difficult times. Here's a roundup of a few classic TeachHUB.com articles containing lots of classroom management tips for surviving the winter months in your classroom.

Classroom Management: Maintaining Proper Health and Hygiene

When it comes to trying to survive the winter months in your classroom, it’s essential that the students (and you) maintain proper health and hygiene. The easiest way to do this is by reinforcing proper classroom handwashing, as well as teaching students the importance of maintaining proper health and hygiene at home. This article gives you a few activities to help demonstrate how important health and hygiene is in maintaining healthy children.

Keeping a Healthy Classroom

While it may be hard to avoid being exposed to those pesky germs, there are a few things that you can do in the classroom to reduce the chances of getting sick. Besides encouraging students to maintain healthy habits, you must be diligent about cleaning everything. You can contain the spread of germs by keeping desks, countertops, and sinks clean, as well as wiping or spraying down doorknobs and other objects that are constantly being touched by students. This article will give you a few more tips on how to keep and maintain a healthy classroom.

Teaching Students About Heathy Eating

One of the best ways that you can combat a winter cold is by teaching your students about healthy eating. When it comes to the winter months, it can be difficult to contain your appetite, especially during the holiday season, when there are so many festive treats readily available at your fingertips. One way that you can promote healthy eating is to teach students how to eat a balanced meal. You can do this by giving them some grocery ads and a paper plate and have them create a healthy meal. This article gives you a few more fun, healthy teaching strategies to try with your students.

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Staying Healthy and Managing Stress

As much as teaching can be a rewarding job, it can also be an extremely stressful one. Trying to ease your daily stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle means getting enough sleep at night, eating healthy, exercising, as well as spending time with your family and being positive all at the same time. This article takes a brief look at how you can incorporate all of these things into your daily life to help you control the stress in your life.

Recognizing Teacher Burnout

Teaching profession burnout is no joke. In fact, it’s something that many in the teaching profession go through. The key to combating teaching profession burnout is recognizing it. This article gives you five key factors to look for that may be interfering with your daily energy and causing your teacher burnout.

Beat Teacher Burnout Before it Beats You

It’s well known that being a teacher can be a stressful job. However, did you know that a lot of teachers report that they felt the most burnt-out during the winter months? The winter can be a difficult time for people, and some even get what they call “Seasonal Depression” during these months. The goal is to combat teacher burnout before it even happens. One of the best ways that you can do this is to take some time for yourself. Teachers are very giving people, and spend the majority of their time giving to their students. What you need to do is to take time to do something for yourself each and every day. This is a great way to avoid feeling stressed out. Here are nine more teaching tips that can help combat teacher burnout.

Teach Mindfulness

Mindful meditation isn’t just a technique to help you reduce stress, your students can reap the benefits too. The dark and dreary months of the winter can make people feel sad and depressed, but when you know how to be mindful and meditate daily, you can turn those ugly feelings around into happy ones.  Here are the five essential principles when teaching mindfulness to your students, as well as a few tips and techniques to get you started.

Try Yoga in the Classroom

The benefits of yoga are endless, from helping to balance emotions and managing stress to improving listening skills, and enhancing focus yoga can help the winter months not feel so bad. Besides the benefits being backed by science, you’ll find that your students will actually enjoy participating in this fun stress-reliever. Here are a few reasons why you should consider doing yoga in the classroom.

Boost the Fun Factor in Your Classroom

Sometimes during the winter months, you’ll find that your students are getting bored of your lessons. The best thing that you can do to combat this is to boost the fun factor. Try and incorporate different classroom activities and lessons that will get your students exited to learn. Create fun classroom experiments, incorporate technology, or turn your worksheets into fun games. Here are a few more teaching strategies to help keep your students engaged in learning through the wintertime.

Play Fun Indoor Games

Sometimes the winter months can be too frigid to let your students go outside, so instead of having them feel trapped in the classroom doing boring worksheets all day long, try and play some fun indoor games with them. Four corners, charades, freeze dance, or musical spaces are just a few fun games that will make your students forget that are stuck indoors. Here are a few more fun ideas to try with your students.

How do you survive the winter months in your classroom? Share your classroom management tips with us in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you on this topic.


Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educatorsor contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.