By Teachers, For Teachers
Teachers are always looking for more ways to use classroom management to improve themselves not only at their jobs, but in themselves as well. One of the best things that you can do to become a more effective teacher is to arm yourself with knowledge that will help you meet your goals. From teaching with enthusiasm to spreading positivity, there are many classroom management strategies that you can use to become a more-effective educator. Here are a few classroom management ideas that you can do to today to help you become a more-effective teacher tomorrow.
One of the first things that you can do to help you become a more successful teacher is to start by greeting your students at the classroom door. Welcoming your students into the classroom with a warm smile and a high-five, handshake, or fist-bump is a great way to show that you care. Even if you’re not in a good mood, then you must fake it until you make it. Your smiling face and positive attitude may be just the thing to help turn a student’s bad mood into a good one. It may help turn your own day around as well.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Your actions will determine the climate of the room that you’re in?” Well, this saying works in the classroom as well. A teacher’s actions and attitude will determine the overall climate of the classroom environment. If you’re in a bad mood and yelling at the students, then the students will not want to comply with your requests, and they may even start to misbehave or get into a bad mood. Try and teach with enthusiasm, even when you aren’t feeling it. The more excited you are about what you’re teaching, the more the students will be excited about learning about it.
Effective teachers always ask for student feedback. When you get feedback from your students, you are showing your students that you value their opinions. Listen to their thoughts and concerns, and take them into consideration. You don’t have to do everything that they suggest, but you can find a way to incorporate their suggestions into the things that you do in the future.
You became a teacher because there was something about teaching that you were passionate about. If for some reason you may have lost that passion, now is the time to find it. Passionate teachers make great teachers because they always find a way to let that passion shine through. With a little work and a lot of imagination, they find a way to keep things interesting for their students.
There are many ways that you can spread positivity as a teacher. Starting the day with a smile, sending positive notes home to parents updating them on their child’s performance in the classroom, and just putting a positive spin on negative things are just a few ways to spread positivity in the classroom. Start each day being grateful and share this positivity with your students.
Effective teachers take the time to really get to know their students, as well as what they’re interested in. By doing so, they know that it will help the student become more successful both academically as well as emotionally. All you have to do is take three minutes out of your day for ten days to make a real connection with your students. Take these few minutes to just talk to your students, and you’ll be surprised at how much you will learn. Then you can take this information and utilize what you’ve learned to make them the best student that they can be.
Give 100 percent of yourself to your job and you will become a more effective teacher. This means that when you are working as a teacher, you are focused on just that -- educating the youth. Stay focused and don’t let anything get in your way. When you give it your all, you will see results. Try your best at everything you do because your students are always watching. You‘re a role model, a leader, and an authority figure.
Teachers are constantly being pulled in a million different directions. If one thing isn’t changing, then it’s another. As an effective teacher you must not only be flexible, but also open-minded. If plans change and something doesn’t go as planned, then you must be flexible. If someone criticizes you, then you must be open-minded in order to hear their views. There’s always room for improvement so be flexible and embrace change.
If what once may have worked for you in the beginning of the school year no longer works for you now, then it may be time to rethink your classroom management plan. Just because it worked then, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work now. Take the time to re-evaluate your plan and change it if necessary. This is one of the best things that an effective teacher can do to ensure a successful school year.
One of the best things that you can do to become (and stay) an effective teacher is to self-reflect. After each lesson, think about what went well and what you would’ve changed. You can learn something from every self-reflection that you do. This will only strengthen and improve your teaching skills.
These are just a few of the ways that you can become an effective teacher. There are many other habits that effective teachers possess, but these just happen to be the most important.
What do you think makes an effective teacher? Share your classroom management ideas with us in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.