Classroom Management Fundamentals for New Teachers (Part-2)
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4. Keep Student Behavior Within Appropriate Bounds
Students should feel comfortable in the classroom, but not so comfortable that they lose a sense of urgency or lose focus on the learning for the day. Have an effective classroom management plan. Below is an example, which has four pointers.
Have clear expectations for behavior, with clear consequences.
The best results is when students know that after a warning, the teacher will call home first. Also ask students to write a letter of apology to the class. If the next step needs to be taken, share a copy of the letter with the parents or guardians. Also identify any patterns of misbehavior and then move forward in helping the student improve.
Set expectations for acceptable behaviors in each activity.
Be very specific with the class at the start of a lesson and share examples of the following: ability to move about in class, working with neighbors, voice levels (noise in class), and production expectations (how much should be done in what time period). Usually all it takes is a gentle reminder to a student.
Actively monitor student progress and behavior.
For students to take the individual practice seriously, move around the classroom like a bee going from flower to flower, not staying too long in one spot. Look at their work and make comments to help them along.
Maintain routines in the classroom.
This ensures that the teacher doesn’t have to explain what the students need to do every day. Simple activities like how to enter a classroom, how to ask a question, when to get notebooks checked, etc. All of these should have a pre-explained procedure.
For a whole academic year, students come to school to learn and be inspired. The school and its staff have the tremendous opportunity to create a learning environment so appealing that the students will have a hard time not enjoying their learning experiences.
When there is commitment to design and develop an urgent, encouraging, self-motivating, and disciplined environment in classrooms, students are provided with learning experiences that are satisfying and lasting.
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