The Principles of Outstanding Classroom Management

Dec 28, 2017

Managing a class full of students can be a pretty challenging proposition. Some teachers have the basics down pat, they earn the respect of their students. While some can’t help but have to raise their voices to silence a class. We are here to talk to the teachers who have a tough time doing the same.

When it comes to classroom management, there are some things to keep in mind--

  1. Positive Atmosphere: Most teachers tend to overlook this simple fact. You cannot control a classroom with fear, for long. Shouting and yelling at students instills fear in them which may even work in the short run. But, as a teacher, you may lose respect in the eyes of the student. The solution to this is to create a positive classroom atmosphere where students feel safe, confident and respected. How you deal with mistakes (your own and theirs) will set the tone for the classroom in general.

  2. Keep The Parents In The Loop: Every parent loves to hear about their kid making progress. The positive reinforcement almost always makes its way back to the student. Don’t just call when the student breaks a rule or scores badly in a test. Let the ward’s parents know when they score well or does an exceptional job at a task they were given. This urges the student to do better academically. This means so much to parents and the students, it will almost definitely translate to good behaviour in class.

  3. Have a Reward System: When you have the students work towards something, make sure you reward them on completion. It reinforces positive behaviour. Appreciate their efforts. Let the class know when someone does a great job. Celebration is a great motivator. Also make it clear that celebration is reward for hard work, and they’ll only get it after the work. While having a reward system, also keep a negative punishment system. When the students know the consequences beforehand, they tend to keep on schedule and work on time.

  4. Be Enthusiastic in your interactions: Most importantly, be enthusiastic in your interactions with your classroom. Students tend to pick up moods, and your demeanour sets the tone for the duration of your lecture. When you demonstrate enthusiasm in your teaching, students will be more reciprocative. However, when you’re enthusiastic, don’t get too loud. The louder the students are, the quieter your voice should be. They should quiet down to hear you speak.

  5. Endorse and promote honesty: While this may look like a double-edged sword, being honest with your students is important. Tell them that you will be honest with them, and they should do the same with you. When you don’t know the answer to a query, let them know. It promotes a positive atmosphere and teaches them moral qualities. When you’re human with your class, it’s easier for them to relate to you and be human back. We put a lot of pressure on students these days and knowing that you’re not infallible allows them the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. This brings us to the next point.

  6. Demonstrate the behaviour you want to see: This is part of classroom ethics. Keep your phone on silent, do not take calls when in a lecture, do not bully a student for mistakes, respectfully disagree at certain moments and so on. Students tend to mimic what they see. It’s one thing to present your expectations to them, and it’s another to show it to them.

  7. Decentralize power from yourself: You don’t have to be the sole administrator of the class. At the start of the term, have a discussion with your class. Lay down a set of guidelines with the consent of your students. Lead them to what the class should look like and what behaviour is expected of them. When students have a part in creating the rules and regulations, they have ownership over them. They tend to abide by it better than when you pass orders as to how it should be.

  8. Keep the class engaging: That brings us to our final principle, keep the class interactive. Encourage an atmosphere of asking questions, no matter the type. This stimulates the students to learn better. Ask them questions, correct them when they make mistakes. Compliment them on creative answers and teach them why your answer is the right one.

A combination of all these principles makes for a disciplined and engaged classroom.

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