What a pleasure it would be to teach in a class where everybody is interested and listens carefully. Or, at least, in a class where all students have similar behavior patterns! If you are a K-12 teacher, you know what we are talking about. However, the reality is different. Students constantly get distracted either by their own behavioral habits, annoying classroom distractions, or their peers who cannot stay focused. But you need to find a way to use classroom management to control things (and it’s good if you don’t go crazy in the meantime). Besides, you need to educate these young people and teach them well, so that they won’t have to use essay-writing services instead of writing assignments on their own. But this is impossible in a noisy classroom with a bunch of excited teens. So, what are the best ways to employ classroom management? We have collected five amazing classroom management tips for you on this one. So, keep reading to discover something truly amazing!
- Discover what motivates each student to study. As a teacher, you might know at least a dozen different systems to help you organize students inside the classroom. But nothing seems to work. Wondering why they won’t listen to you? Probably you simply do not know what drives them. If you are giving them some descriptive essay topics, make sure that once they successfully accomplish the task, you give them some reward. This might serve as a good drive and a motivation to study well and behave. But you need to identify what each student considers to be a motivation. It differs. Some students can be motivated by good grades, while others can be motivated by interesting content you will share once they complete the assignment. It might take time to understand each student, so dedicate some time to figuring it out. It is absolutely worth the effort!
- Praise their achievements. You do not want to be seen as an angry teacher that is almost never happy no matter how hard students try. So, make sure to say “Thank you” and praise their hard work whenever possible. You can thank them for behaving well during the class or encourage them to do that. You can give praise to individual students or to a whole class altogether, it’s up to you. But no matter what you choose, add praise to your daily curriculum. And also focus on giving the “Process” praise while the student is working, as, according to the Parenting Science, this promotes better performance and motivation.
- Help students set their personal goals and achieve them. Young people might not reach your goals because they are different from what they truly want from this class. So identify what is it that they want to take out of the class and combine those two goals together. If you want them to learn the material while they want to become better at public speaking, then give them opportunities to practice speaking in front of the class or as a part of discussion groups. Show them that this exercise is a step on the way to achieving their goals -- and see how students will strive to achieve more and do better!
- Offer students different choices. When students feel that they are in control of at least a small part of their daily classroom routine, they are more likely not only to behave but also to participate in it. So, instead of coming to the class and setting your rule over students, create an atmosphere where they feel free to choose what they want to do today. Start your class with a question: “Do you want to write a dictation or to have a grammar quiz today?” You are teaching them what you are supposed to teach because both of these activities have the same purpose, but the class feels like they are given a chance to choose what they will do. As a result, they will be more involved in the process and active in the meantime.
- Be honest. Finally, be sincere with them and tell them how it makes you feel when they do not behave. Do not beg them to understand, but be a real person. Use short and simple sentences when describing how you feel and listen to their point of view too. When you remark on something, address the problem clearly and show a way to solve it. Moreover, never punish the whole class together, but talk to individual students that cause you some problems and solve the issues between you two.
Managing a whole class is not really easy, no matter how many degrees in education you have. Your students are still people with their ups and downs, and you cannot foresee all of the issues that might arise around them.
But there are always ways to keep your class disciplined and organized by applying our tips and using latest technology inventions. Show genuine love and care for your class and help them achieve as much as possible – and they will offer you proper behavior and true respect in return.
Kevin Nelson is a professional educator and a private tutor with more than eight years of experience. He is also a content writer for various blogs about higher education, entertainment, social media, and blogging. During his off time, Kevin enjoys traveling and cooking. Feel free to connect with him on Twitter, Linkedin and Google+.
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