Seven Tips for Effective Classroom Management
Teachers deal with disruptive behavior on a daily basis; so, they have to develop ways to manage their classroom in order to properly educate their students. Teachers, have you ever been faced with a classroom management problem? This can be very common for both the beginner and experienced teacher. Being able to implement new ideas and ways of teaching can be beneficial to any teacher who wants to teach their students without so many disruptions.
1) Make the material you present to your classroom engaging and fun.
No one likes to sit in a stuffy classroom all day and be bored. Gear your lesson plans with things that your students will enjoy. Try engaging your class by inviting them to join in. Put on a small play, have a literature reading, or even take the class outdoors. There are hundred of educational videos on the market today in a multitude of subjects. Also, it is a good idea to plan your lesson plans a head of time with lots of activities for your students. That way, you have a less likely chance of getting lost or not having enough material to last throughout the class period.
2)Encourage positive behavior through positive reinforcement.
Everyone wants to be seen for the good qualities. So, using this method with your students can have a positive outcome. A compliment, a small piece of candy, or some other reward for a job well done will help reinforce positive behavior in your students.
3) Try using rewards and incentives to get your students’ attention.
Children love getting surprises. Have rewards or incentives set up to peak their interest. Typically, a student will behave and preform better if offered a reward. Keep it small but creative. Candy, stickers, and extra credit make perfect rewards.
4) Develop a set list of class rules and review it in class.
Having a set list of rules will help give children boundaries. They will know specifically what is and is not expected of them during school hours. Placing the list in a easy to see spot in the classroom will help reinforce those rules as well. You will be able to reward the behavior that is accepted and correct the behavior that isn’t.
5) Never be afraid to call the child’s parents.
Typically, a parent just has not noticed their child’s behavior. Always remember, when talking with a disruptive student’s parent be polite and courteous. You do not want to appear as if you dislike the student. This will help the parent understand the situation at hand.
6) Let students decide which way they learn the best and plan your lessons accordingly.
Invite comments and suggestions in the classroom. If you allow the students to make small decisions in the lesson plans they will be more likely to pay attention and become engaged in the material.
7) Use all of your available resources.
Technology has provided many things over the last few years that make the classroom a more interactive place. The iGrade for Teacher application on the iphone or ipad allows the teacher to have instant access to your grade book. The iGrade even allows teachers to send out personalized email to students and parents with a touch of a button.
Effective classroom management does not have to be difficult. Knowing your students and making learning fun can be easy ways to get your classroom under control. If you have any questions, comments, or stories you would like to share please feel free to do so in the box below.