Amoura Carter had to master managing a classroom as part of her graduate degree in Education from Lesley University. She has put those skills to good use as a language arts teacher based in her home town of Charlotte, North Carolina, where she has returned since leaving the area at age six to move to Georgia and eventually gain her education herself. Carter has used these three classroom management tips to keep control of her space in school:
Develop non-verbal signals and signs. This challenges kids to pay more attention to you as the teacher and helps the students police themselves at times. Amoura Carter has routinely held her hand up for silence and seen first the students that notice her turn to their peers and urge them to be quiet as well.
Pace the room. Amoura Carter has found in her experience in the classroom that being near children who are misbehaving can have a powerful effect on their behavior. Carter walks around her classroom frequently throughout the day, especially during tests and quizzes.
Elect a leader. There are always children in every classroom who want to do well and please the teacher. Use these students as resources and informal lieutenants to help keep the other students in line.
Amoura Carter has learned many lessons in her time in the classroom. She was a substitute teacher before she moved up to teach language arts for several years and she knows under what circumstances students learn the best. Carter always tries to help other teachers whenever possible.