Classroom management tips for teachers!
As a teacher you will encounter poor student behaviour throughout your career. It is naive to think that every class you teach will have excellent conduct in the classroom. When starting out your career you may find it difficult when faced with challenging behaviour. The first thing to remember is not to panic, of course you are going to have challenges, it takes time and experience in the classroom to become a behaviour management wiz. We have put together the below list of tips you can adopt to help with classroom management.
Building strong relationships with your students is one of the most effective ways to avoid any classroom management issues. Students are less likely to act out if they have a relationship with their teacher. So it is very important to get to know your students, take an interest in them outside of the classroom and try find some common ground. Once a relationship is built behaviour management becomes so much easier.
Communicate Expectations Clearly
It is important for any teacher when meeting a new class to set expectations on the first day and continually refer back them throughout the year. It can be effective if you involve the students in this process to create the rules together, this will see students take ownership of their responsibilities. Also if students feel the expectations are fair then they are more likely to follow them. It is equally important to highlight the consequences the students will face if they do not follow the rules and expectations.
Follow Through on Consequences
Now your expectations and consequences are in place it is even more important to follow through with your consequences when needed. One of the biggest mistakes a teacher can make is threatening students with discipline but not following through. Students will begin to not take you seriously and will start to think they can get away with poor behaviour.
It can be easy to start to let things slide as the year goes on, but it’s important to stay consistent and fair with your classroom rules. Students are aware of what happens in the classroom, especially as it relates to classroom management. Students will quickly notice if you randomly enforce consequences and you will start to be viewed as unfair, damaging the relationship you have built with your students.
Don’t be afraid to seek help
If you are finding behaviour management challenging then make sure you seek advice and assistance from other teacher’s or leadership. Another great idea is to find some CPD focused on behaviour management which will provide you with tried and tested techniques to use in your classroom.