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Classroom management Definition:
"A term used by teachers to describe the process of ensuring that classroom lessons run smoothly despite disruptive behavior by students."
Listed below are several techniques, ideas, resources, and tips for teachers to hone the right skills to conquer their classroom:
1. Start the year tough.
Many teachers make the mistake of starting the school year with a poor discipline plan or without any classroom management plan at all. It is so much easier to start tough and then lighten up, then to start light and discipline more. At the beginning of the year, students quickly assess the situation and realize what they will be allowed to get away with. Starting the year tough will give you control and flexibility.
2. Be fair to all students.
3. Be prepared for disruptions---and don't let them phase you.
Students often amplify their teacher's reaction to disruptions—be ready for them and be ready to calmly and quickly pick up where you left off. Having a joke or interesting comment ready to bring attention back to you will allow you to transition back to the material.
4. Instill high expectations
5. Incentivize good behavior.
Motivating students though rewards like no homework, watching a video, ice cream, or free-activity time can help students by giving them a goal. This can also help students hold each other accountable to class goals and stigmatize negative behavior even more.
7. Have a clearly expressed disciplinary plan...with consequences!
Make sure students know the disciplinary ladder well. Any hint of ambiguity can leave a loophole for excuses (and students are great at making excuses!). Warn students when they are close to breaking a rule so there will be no ambiguity when that line is crossed.
If you constantly raise your voice to get the attention of the class, consider investing in a classroom amplification system which can save your voice by projecting it.
The iPod Portable PA system is a great system for classrooms because it features an iPod dock that simultaneously plays and charges your iPod and also has outputs for a projector.
8. Focus on relationships.
A teacher than can connect positively with their students will make students behave and easier to manage because students will regard the teacher much like a friend. Using positive reinforcement to build a positive reputation for the child gives the student confidence that their teacher believes in them and will make it harder to disappoint the teacher with bad behavior or work ethic.
9. Be careful about confrontation
10. Be patient and keep practicing.
Don't worry if things don't go well right away...controlling your classroom is learn-able but will always be a challenge with some students.
Whether you are teach a kindergarten class, at an elementary school, middle school, or high school, it is best to "Expect the Unexpected" and be ready for adversity!
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