Published On: Wed, Feb 12th, 2020

Classroom Management : Tips to Manage Behavior

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Whether you’re a first year teacher or a seasoned veteran, every educator encounters problems with classroom behavior. Here are some tips to keep behavior problems to a minimum in your classroom.

Outline Your Expectations

At the beginning of the school year, tell your students what your expectations are. Create rules and procedures, and then establish consequences for them. Be as specific as possible. Students can’t be expected to follow rules and procedures you don’t explicitly tell them about. Also get feedback from your students. Ask for questions or comments. You may become aware of loopholes or unintended problems your rules may pose (i.e. imposing after school detention for a student who rides the bus). Remember say it, show it, and spell it out.

Inform the Parents

The biggest mistake a teacher can make is not bringing parents into the loop. During Back-to-School or parent conferences, a top priority should be to give parents a written outline and detailed explanation of class rules, procedures, and consequences. Parents need to be aware of how you deal with negative and positive classroom behavior.

Also, remember to ask for and implement suggestions from your parents. Sometimes the best ideas come from unexpected sources. For those that can’t or don’t show up in person, make a point to mail (or email) your handouts to them. Remember, you’re all on the same team. Get the parents involved from the start.

Check School Policy

Classroom Management : Tips to Manage Behavior

You’d be surprised how many teachers impose rules or consequences that violate district or school policy. Some teachers still assign writing standards as punishment. Most school districts have banned this practice. Research demonstrates it has little to no effect in stopping poor or inappropriate behavior.

In addition, make sure you aren’t imposing a punishment that could be labeled as abusive or excessive. You’ll alienate both students and parents. Plus, you could be putting your job and possibly your credential on the line.

Be Positive

You know the old adage, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar”? It’s true. You’ll change more ‘bad’ behavior by implementing a positive reinforcement or positive reward system.

Our natural instinct is to punish an offender or rule breaker rather than praise them when they demonstrate good behavior. Every teacher is guilty of this at one time or another. Why? Because we notice Aiden who is goofing off during the science experiment more than Rosalie who sits quietly helping her desk partner who is struggling to understand how to create an electrical circuit.

Instead of waiting for the next opportunity to lay into Aiden, how about surprising him by saying how you liked that he read with expression during choral reading time. Let Aiden know you appreciate when he is behaving appropriately. And don’t forget Rosalie. You’d be surprised how much it’ll mean to her to know you see her too and appreciate the assistance she gave her partner.

Be Consistent

How many times have you changed the consequences for breaking the class rules? Why did you let a student off with just a warning, when your rule chart clearly states they are to receive a phone call home? Guess what, you just lost some of your credibility. If students begin to feel that consequences are negotiable, you’ll find yourself battling to keep control. Apply the rules and consequences fairly and consistently. Even if the perpetrator is your A-student who rarely causes problems, you need to send the message that you are fair and equitable when enforcing the rules.

Oh, Behave!

Classroom management can be a tricky proposition. Some years things run smoothly. Other years, you begin contemplating a career change or early retirement. Any good teacher knows that rules and consequences should fit the students in the classroom. You make adjustments based on the needs of your students. There is no magic bullet. Some things will work beautifully at times and fail miserably at others.

The point is every teacher should have a classroom management plan. You’ll find it makes your job easier and less stressful.

There are tons of resources that provide teachers with detailed information on crafting and implementing effective classroom management plans. Go ahead and create one that works for you.

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