Do you constantly repeat instructions? Are you always fighting with a never-ending noisy classroom? Here are 5 classroom management strategies to help you more effectively manage your class.
1. Make your lessons interesting to every student.
Having lessons that students actually want to learn will be your main tool for keeping students engaged. Keep in mind in each class are different types of learners. Most students are visual and auditory learners, but there are some who are kinesthetic learners. Be aware of which learning modality you are targeting in a lesson, and try to target a different modality the next day. This keeps your class fresh and interesting for all students.
2. Create consistency through classroom procedures and routines
Students need to be ready to work when the bell rings. Having a warm up on the board motivates students to start the class without your intervention. Create procedures on bathroom passes like how many times are they allowed to go out in one semester or use it as a form of reward.
3. Check for understanding
Most teachers roam around the classroom to check student progress, ask the class a question, then select a student who has raised his hand to answer a question. But random questioning is much better. You can pick one at random from a seating chart, or picking from Popsicle sticks where each student’s name is written in a stick. Several other engagement strategies include choral reading, question stems, and pair reading.
4. Use classroom consequences to correct wrong student behavior
When a student misbehaves in class, completely document what happened. You will use this documentation to create a change-of-behavior agreement with your student, when you explain to your principal why the student has to stay longer in the classroom, or when you meet with the parents. All these strategies should have the end goal of helping the student succeed in class.
5. Use the tone of your voice and body language to communicate
From the start, command the classroom. Greet the class with a loud, clear, upbeat voice. Stand up straight, smile, make eye contact, and adopt different poses when you want your students to respond in a particular way. And of course, dress professionally at all times.
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