Disruptive behavior isn’t always as horrendous as it’s made out to look like on television.
However, poor classroom management skills can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for new teachers because while it is talked about in teacher school, it’s rarely discussed about in a practical sense.
Your classroom management skills will develop over time and with practice. It’s essential to start right away though otherwise you’ll have students talking over you and dictating how you should run your class.
The following are four strategies will get you going. Start with one of them and as you begin to feel more confident, gradually work your way through the rest of them.
#1. Rule-Making and Rule-Breaking
At the beginning of the school year or whenever you start, create a set of rules or expectations for your classroom together. It’s best not to dictate the rules but to come up with them as a class so that students feel heard and take accountability for their actions.
It’s also important for students to discuss consequences for unexpected behaviors. Come up with them with your students and remember that they can be natural consequences.
#2. Capture Their Attention
When you’re teaching a lesson, you’ll always have some students who want to talk. You may also have students who are off task or who don’t understand the task. If you’re trying to get their attention, click HERE to learn some fun attention getters.
Please note that you shouldn’t feel obligated to do all of them. Choose the ones that resonate with you and do them one at a time. Teach them to your students and work on it together.
#3. Love Your Students
Instead of constantly correcting student behavior, praise those who are doing well. This way, students know that you are not going to waste your time providing them with negative attention. In time, they will attempt to correct their behavior to a more positive one. When they do that, praise the effort no matter how small it is as it will get better in time.
#4. Create The Space
If you have students with special needs or who have temper issues, create a space for them to take a breather and calm down. At first, you’ll need to teach them how to use this space but over time, the idea is for your students to be able to use it independently while you teach your class.
You can create your calm down area with the following free resources. Download yours from my FREE resource library.
Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- The importance of focusing on developing your classroom management skills right away.
- 4 effective classroom management strategies for new teachers: rule-making and rule-breaking, capture their attention, love your students, and create the space.
If your children are struggling to hand in assignments on time, check out the following video training: 3 Steps to Teach Children How to Overcome Procrastination to Increase Productivity.
In the mean time, if you’re feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and burnout, then I encourage you to check out the following: FREE MASTERCLASS: Systematic Plan to Super Passionate.
For calm down areas on a budget, for your students who have autism, CLICK HERE.
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