Picture this: you walk into your classroom to see two students throwing balls across the room, one child yelling at the other, and the rest of the class talking and laughing. You try to get their attention, yet it takes you several times for them to listen. This unideal situation could be nearly an everyday reality for your classroom without proper classroom management strategies. Training Source ONE’s coaching for educators program offers services in Dade, Broward, and Palm beach county. Here are ten systems we believe are essential to keep your classroom under control.
Our Classroom Management Strategies
- Teach and model respect. Always use polite language, and set a good example for your class. Practice mock interactions between students or other teachers to demonstrate how to address someone and communicate with them respectfully.
- Allow students to create their own rules. By allowing students to openly discuss what is and is not okay in the classroom, they are more likely to remember these rules and hold themselves accountable.
- Don’t punish the class for the actions of a few. When individual students are misbehaving, call those students out for their behavior. When the entire class receives punishment, students on-task will feel like their excellent behavior goes unrecognized. Well-behaved children may begin to act out.
- Offer positive reinforcement and feedback. Children and young adults respond well to words of affirmation. Giving them the recognition of their excellent work can improve class morale and inspire other children to work harder. It’s essential to reinforce good behavior as well, encouraging students to participate and follow class rules.
- Offer rewards. Tangible rewards for good behavior, engagement, and productivity are a great way to teach other students that participation and good behavior are worth rewarding.
- Facilitate group project expectations. When assigning group work, students have a hard time staying on task. To ensure everyone in the group is doing their part and participating, create a contract that identifies each member’s role. Have students create a list of consequences for group members who do not hold up their responsibilities to inspire them to hold each other accountable.
- Assign projects with no clear outcome. You want students to work independently based on what they already have learned. Provide a list of project ideas and allowing students to choose the one they want. Giving them the freedom to choose will enable students to work at their own pace creatively.
- Have one-on-one conversations with students. Misbehaved students who lack engagement typically need a bit of extra support from their educator—having a conversation with the student about what you can do to help them will build trust and improve their experience in the classroom.
- Shut down, misbehavior immediately. If a student misbehaves in class, it is best to address this in private by asking them to step outside. Allow the student to own up to their bad behavior and give them suggestions on what could happen differently next time.
- Allow students to tutor each other. Allowing your top students to help teach the other students will create a sense of community in your classroom.
Our Coaching For Educators
With Training Source ONE’s classroom management strategies, you’ll see an improvement in your student’s engagement in no time. The skills our clients learn are skills that can take years for teachers to perfect. With 25 years of teaching experience, our programs that provide coaching for educators give teachers of all experience levels the tools for a well behaved and engaged classroom. We are proud to have serviced Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach county. We are here to train the trainer. Are you interested in our services? Call or visit us today!