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10 Classroom management strategies and techniques that really work



10 Classroom management strategies and techniques that really work

Behaviour within the classroom heavily determines whether or not it's a healthy environment for students to foster and develop in. Disruptive behaviour impacts your teaching and your student's learning, so must be prevented at all costs. Managing the environment of your classroom is key for your student's academics. Here we've put together 10 strategies that will aid in managing your group.

 

1.    Build a relationship with your students

This is the most crucial technique when considering classroom management. Feeling more connected to your students will allow for a stronger relationship to take place. Through this, students will feel more motivated with the work and therefore apply more effort. It also shifts both positions from teacher to student, into more of a family, which is a healthy aspect of a classroom.

 

2.    Reflect your expectations in your actions

Believe it or not, sometimes your student’s habits are mirrored by yours. Therefore, if you expect your students to talk nicely to each other and respect others, you should put it to practice when you speak to the class. They will eventually learn the good habits from you, and you are then left with a group of well-behaved students!

 

3.    Keep to the set schedule

It is important to model punctuality and productivity by adhering to your own standards. The better structured you are, the more time you will have to devote to teaching and learning. This will encourage your pupils in following timetables and working within time constraints.

 

4.    Engage with your students

One of the main reasons to why students lose interest is because they simply are having no fun in the lesson. So how do we make the lessons fun? We engage ourselves. Instead of just telling them to write the information in the books, incorporate small, fun games and include yourself in them. Remember, a student being distracted is them just putting energy into something different. And we need that energy being redirected into learning. By engaging, they are still getting that fun aspect, whilst also gaining understanding and knowledge of the content.  

 

5.    Feedback to parents

When a student is doing well, we need to make sure we congratulate and reward their achievements, and one way is through feeding the good news back to parents. Parents love hearing how well their child is doing in school, and these comments are usually reported to the student, having a direct effect on their behaviour within the classroom.

 

6.    Acknowledge student progress

Whether it's a short-term change to the student’s behaviour, or congratulation on how well the student did the entire year, it's crucial that we acknowledge improvement. Demonstrate to pupils that you appreciate the effort they put into learning. A few ideas can be developed from this technique, but try to hold awards every Friday, celebrating a student's progress during the week. It helps motivate the student, model good behaviour to others, as well as ending the week on a high!

 

7.    Address poor behaviour quickly

When you notice disruptive or inappropriate behaviour, call it out almost immediately. Acting quickly will ensure that the behaviour doesn’t continue. Now, this doesn't mean in front of the class. It's always best to speak to the student privately to get to know why they're becoming distracted in your lessons. This way, their behaviour can be improved almost straight away, and if not, at least your expectations are clear.

 

8.    Encourage peer learning

This can be used in pairs, or groups. It not only offers a diverse range of personalities to learn with, but also can aid the struggling students, by putting them with the better performing ones. They will learn off of them and pick up good habits, as well as boosting their confidence in the process.

 

9.    Understand each student

Get to know each student as an individual. Be interested in their personal goals academic-wise. Then, you can estimate the right teaching technique for that student. You’ve got a whole group of different students. Although one strategy may work for one, it may not be as effective for another. Explore different techniques, and allow your class to feedback to you on which one was best, and the most engaging.

 

10.Be aware of the causes of disruptive behaviour

It's your job as a teacher to eliminate any factors that will make a student become distracted. It may be the peer sat next to them, or even a problem at home. This is where the good relationship is important, as they will feel comfortable with telling you how they feel. By being aware of the causes, we can make a solution for them to get back on track and focusing in lessons.