Classroom Management Tips
At one time or another, every teacher will encounter an unruly class. How that class is handled is essential to maintain the dynamic of teacher vs. student. Here are a 7 classroom management techniques you should master:
#1 – Get Focused
You walk into your class, the bell rings, and you get ready to start your lesson. The students are talking amongst themselves and distracted. Instead of waiting for their attention to focus on you, you start your lesson. Rather than stop what they're doing and listen, your students simply talk louder and you end up in a competition for who can command the most attention.
In this scenario, you are better off standing quietly at the front of the class and waiting for your students to quiet down and face forward. Then begin the lesson, but try to keep your voice on the quieter side, as this will mean your students will have to sit quietly to hear what you are saying.
#2 – Be Direct
Students are more likely to focus when they know what is happening. It is a good idea to outline each lesson and let them know exactly what you will be working on.
You can earn further focus by associating the length it takes to teach the lesson, with how much spare time the students will have at the end to socialize; "If we have time at the end of the period, you can work on the assignment quietly, or discuss it with your friends."
#3 – Circulate
When students are set to a task, there are always a few stragglers who need a nudge to get going. By circulating the room after an assignment has been given, you can confirm that all the students have started and are on the right track. If anyone seems to be lost or distracted, you can help them begin the task.
#4 – Role Model
It is unrealistic for your students to show proper behaviour if you don't do the same. Set a good example by always being punctual and prepared for each lesson.
Patience, focus, and enthusiasm for the subject at hand are also important. You'll find that your good traits will make a good impression on your students.
#5 – Environment
Imagine a cold, dark classroom with grey walls and grey floors. More like a dungeon than a classroom, who would feel enthusiastic about learning in an environment like this?
All teachers should make an effort to transform their classroom into an inviting place, where kids feel comfortable and interested in their surroundings. Put some color into your classroom with posters and pictures, and include a little personalization.
#6 – Clear Rules and Consequences
No one likes or respects a teacher who punishes his or her students seemingly at random. Make sure your class clearly understands the rules of your classroom.
Cover the basics – how to ask or answer a question, bathroom breaks, interruptions etc. If a child breaks the rules - talking out of turn, passing notes, or being disruptive - they'll know in advance what the consequences are.
#7 – Put the "I" in "Instruct"
When addressing students, you'll be more successful if you use positive sounding "I" messages rather than negative or blaming "You" messages.
For example, use "I need you to focus on the lesson so we can complete this chapter", rather than "You need to stop interrupting". When the student does not feel like the source of a problem, he or she will be more willing to cooperate.
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