Classroom Management Strategies
Educators are responsible for managing their classroom’s environment to facilitate learning for all students, making classroom management an important skill to have. Classroom management involves minimizing disruptive behavior, understanding what motivates each student, remaining consistent and fair with discipline and rewards, and encouraging respect among students and between the teacher and students.
Learn From Others
Classroom management strategies and methodologies differ based on the school’s atmosphere, the subject material being taught, the teacher’s personality and the grade level of the class. Topics frequently covered in classroom management plans are restroom rules, homework policy and a zero-tolerance policy on bullying. Teachers are encouraged to discuss tried-and-true methods with their colleagues and browse online discussions to find unique and effective ways to keep a class organized. Online forums and discussion threads offer insight into how other teachers have created a positive classroom atmosphere.
Start with a Plan
Students perceive what will be expected and tolerated in class from day one. Therefore, teachers should be prepared on the first day of school, ready to set the tone for the rest of the school year.
Systematic approaches to classroom management plan are diverse, but the overriding themes of allowing students to retain their dignity when discipline is necessary, such as not shaming them in front of their classmates, treating students equally, setting boundaries and rules from the start, and remaining consistent with behavioral expectations are often cited.
Create an Agenda
Creating a class agenda sets a daily routine and helps students know what to expect. Sharing daily, weekly, monthly and annual learning goals and discussing progress with students through the use of a syllabus helps students understand what is expected of them, while enabling them to feel empowered during the school year. As a result, students will appreciate how subject matter learned in class can be applied in their lives.
Expressing enthusiasm about the subject matter, understanding students’ different learning methods and allowing the class to participate in creating the structure of the class will help keep the class engaged.
Get to Know Your Students
Getting to know students on an individual basis by asking questions about their lives and identifying underlying reasons for those exhibiting disruptive behavior helps teachers create a comfortable environment for learning. Methods of dealing with each disruptive student may be different because root causes of unwanted behavior vary. Showing respect and care for every student, even when the student does not reciprocate, encourages caring and supportive relationships among students.
Speaking to a student concerning their inappropriate behavior privately after class is better than addressing the behavior in front of the whole group. Drawing students in with consideration helps them see themselves as an honored member of the group, in turn the student may act in a more positive manner moving forward.
Many teachers advise that using affirmations, such as actively looking for and acknowledging good behavior rather than highlighting unwanted behavior with negative sanctions, is an important tool in creating a healthy environment that is conducive to learning.
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