Teaching a class full of vibrant personalities can be challenging. People come from all different walks of life, and you have to take that into account when running your classroom.
Your classroom is like a mini-universe, and you have the power to mold your students into highly respectable individuals.
Here at Homes for Heroes, we appreciate our teachers and ‘future-molders.’ We want to give back to you as you so selflessly give to your students, parents, and fellow administrators.
We hope that you will find a few classroom management strategies here that can help you in your classroom to make your job even more enjoyable.
Establish A Positive Environment
In your classroom, you want to create a confident and relaxed environment where students feel comfortable. Creating an environment that encourages thinking outside of the box can have a positive effect on all students. Allowing the students to brainstorm gives them the confidence to speak up and step outside of those comfort zones. You, as their leader, encourage this positive interaction. Problems are bound to come up now and then when you are dealing with a multitude of different personalities. Always anticipate any problems and get creative on how you combat them.
Establish A Relationship With Your Classroom and Parents
A great start to a relationship can go a long way. You want to make sure that you foster a good relationship with your students and their parents, and continue to nurture that relationship.
With your students, something as simple as a morning greeting or high-five can go a long way. It helps to improve classroom participation because they feel like a human being with emotions and rights, not just another student that you have for the year before the next one comes along. Take the time to understand your student’s needs because they all will have their own individual set of requirements to accommodate.
Communication with parents is also crucial. Make frequent phone calls to the parents of your students, but not just about the misbehaviors. Call and tell the parents what an excellent job the student is doing and praise them. You can still go over areas of improvement during these conversations, but your primary focus should be just to show your student that you appreciate their hard work and dedication. Trust me; they will know because the parents will bring up the fact that their teacher called.
Take Charge of Your Classroom
A teacher should always have a clear set of rules in place. That will set the expectations for the students and make them more responsible individuals. When there are established rules in place, a student knows what they are supposed to do and what they are not to do. Guidelines are necessary for structure in anything, and teaching a class is no different.
Set Clear Consequences and Follow Through
When you make rules, you have to expect at least one person to break them. There will always be that child who wants to show off to their friends and see what they can get away with, so you have to step in and show your authority.
When you set your consequences, make sure to follow through on them, so your students know you mean business. You could even incorporate the when-then model in your consequence book and let the students know “when” they behave like this, “then” they will be rewarded with this. It gives the students an opportunity to make responsible decisions, and it leaves their fate in their own hands.
Have a Routine
Children need structure. If they don’t have it, they just don’t act right, and how can you blame them? Create a routine for your classroom that you practice every day with your students, so it becomes second nature to them. That way, they don’t even have to think about doing it, but it just happens. Keep in mind that children all learn at different paces, so try and make your routine as simple as possible so that everyone can get on board.
Create Engaging Lesson Plans
A bored kid is a misbehaving kid. When kids are bored, they tend to act out to get attention and cause some chaos, so they aren’t bored anymore. A simple solution to this is to create engaging lesson plans.
When your students are engaged, they aren’t thinking about anything else but their work, and that’s good news for you. Make sure your lessons are entertaining and informative, yet fun, where they can still enjoy themselves and not feel like they are being bogged down with learning.
Adding a little bit of fun can go a long way with a child’s learning interests. Make sure that you take into consideration that all children learn differently, so try and tailor your lessons to acknowledge this fact. You could even split it up where one day you have an experience for auditory learners, like listening to a podcast or listening to music while working, and the next day you could focus on visual learners and have a presentation.
Be The Role Model
Act how you want your students to act. If you don’t want them to interrupt you while you’re talking, then try not to disrupt them when they have the floor. Stay alert at all times and make eye contact with your students. Also, never have your phone out during class, as this will send a message to the student that it’s okay. Try using positive language instead of negative language. That will keep your students optimistic and motivate them to do better.
Celebrate Hard Work
When your students are modeling the correct behavior in the classroom, reward them for that. Rewarding your students can go a long way regarding motivation and boosting their self-esteem. Many times, students are rewarded with attention when they present negative behaviors in the classroom. Try to cut that out of your norm and, instead, only reward them when they behave positively. By celebrating their hard efforts to be exceptional students, you are recognizing and acknowledging their efforts and your students will appreciate that.
Classroom management isn’t an easy task. In fact, managing a classroom full of students is quite challenging. You have to figure out what works best for you and your classroom setting, but once you do, make it into a routine. The structure is key to having a great classroom environment, and it will keep your students aligned with their goals and responsibilities. Try implementing some new procedures and see how they work out for you.
At Homes for Heroes, we strive to help our everyday heroes within our communities. As a teacher in our schools, we want to thank you for all of the hard work that you put into molding the next generation of leaders, heroes, and members of society. You are awesome!