1. Respect Your Students
Students want to feel like they’re important and need to believe you are listening to them. One of the purest methods to ensure your students listen to your classroom rules is to show them they are people and have the right to be respected.
2. Keep Students Engaged
The best way to keep students from losing focus and becoming disruptive is to make sure they are constantly engaged. Keep your lessons plans varied with plenty of opportunities for interactions with each student. Students who are hard at work will have little time to fall off task.
3. Deal With Issues Outside of Class Time
If students are disruptive, speak with them after class rather than making a scene in front of others. This will help build trust and respect from both sides, and create a calmer environment for learning for students who are on task.
4. Have Clear, Easy to Follow Lesson Plans
This is not only essential in overall classroom management, but also in student engagement. Be sure your lesson plans have clear direction and workflow. Students can easily become frustrated and fall off task when they aren’t sure what they’re supposed to be doing.
5. Create a Classroom Identity
Classroom pride goes a long way in making students want to be the best they can be. If you are a middle or high school teacher, give each period their own team name, mascot, and a points system they can use to compete against your other classes. This kind of team unity will make classroom management all that much easier so you can complete your lessons and see your students flourish. For Elementary school, your class’s identity will make them feel special amongst all the other classes in school.
What are some ways you have successfully improved classroom management with your students?