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Classroom Management: Do Not Yell

Janelle Cox

We have all had those times when you feel like you just have had it with your students, and you find yourself resorting to yelling. Without an effective behavior classroom management program in place, dealing with disobedient students can be quite a challenge. It’s easy to lose your cool and yell at your students, but that temporary relief that you may get from yelling will not do any good, here’s why.

Classroom Management: Yelling Doesn’t Change the Behavior

Yelling does not change the students’ behavior, it actually may make it worse, according to some studies. If you are yelling because you think it will change the behavior, think again. The behavior will only change when the students want it to change, not because you yell at them to change it.

It Only Works Temporarily

If you remember back to when you were a child in school and a teacher yelled at you, you may recall being frightened and complying immediately. You may also remember that the compliance was only temporary, and students always ended up going back to the unwanted behavior. The only reason that yelling works temporarily is because the teacher is an authority figure, and that can be intimating to a student.

It Makes Students Dislike You

Let’s face it, if you were a student and got yelled at all of the time, would you like the teacher? Yelling makes students dislike you. You don’t want to be known for the teacher that always yells, do you? Try talking calmly and taking a few moments to compose yourself. This will help calm your nerves next time you think you want to yell.

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It Veers You off Your Behavior Classroom Management Plan

Teachers who yell all the time tend to not follow their own behavior classroom management plan. When you do this, students learn real fast what they can and cannot get away with. If they know that the only repercussion is that they will get yelled at, then their behavior will never change.

It Damages the Student/Teacher Bond

Teachers who are always yelling, especially at one student in particular, sabotage the student/teacher relationship.  When you are always yelling, the student will resent you and never learn their lesson. Instead, try calmly talking to the student and allow them time to reflect upon their mistakes.

It Makes Students Only Listen When You Yell

If students are only listening to you when you are yelling, then they are tuning you out when you are speaking calmly. What you are unknowingly doing is telling the students in so many words that your words are meaningless, unless you are raising your voice. So, be mindful next time you get ready to yell at your students. The last thing that you want, is to be the next drill sergeant of the school.

It Causes Unwanted Stress on Your Body

Yelling is a sheer sign of frustration and stress. It is also a way of expressing that you (and your body and mind) have had enough. All of this unwanted stress is horrible for your body and your overall health. Try to find time to relax and unwind during your down periods and at home. Take a yoga class or try doing a few mindfulness techniques.

It’s Disrespectful

As a parent, would you want your child to get yelled at by their teacher? Yelling is just plain disrespectful and rude. It shows that you can’t handle the students, and that you let your emotions get the best of you. It also is extremely difficult to defend to anyone. So, before you go to yell next time, take a moment to say “pause” in your head and you just may stop the yelling before it even happens.

It Makes You a Bad Role Model

Teachers are supposed to be the best role models for their students. They are supposed to be a person who children can look up to, and want to be like.  When you react with your emotions instead of your brain, you are providing students with what they should not act like, not what they should act like. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you, be the role model that your students need and deserve.

Yelling should never be an option. Try and create a behavior classroom management plan that works for your class and stick to it. Be the teacher that you always wanted to have as a child. Remember, regardless of how you feel about it, you are these students role model, so be the best one that you can be.

What tips do you have for your fellow colleagues that will help them not yell in the classroom? Please share your ideas in the comment section below. We would love to hear your thoughts.

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 a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.