Doesn’t every teacher dream of an efficient classroom where no problems occur and lessons run smoothly? Yes I know probably not a reality, but I believe there are definitely strategies and processes that you can put in place to assist with the smooth running of your classroom. You’re probably already doing some of these classroom management tips and tricks or you are familiar with them. But, I hope you find some new ideas in this list to help you with your classroom management.
Tip 1: Ensure you have procedures in place for students moving around the room and school. This might mean that you get your students to line up in two lines each time, with line leaders at the front.
Tip 2: Do you have early finishers in your class? If so, then make sure you have a plan in place for these students. You could give early finishers free time or maybe you could buddy them up with another student to assist them with finishing their work. Try different approaches to see what is the least disruptive to the other students still working.
Tip 3: Model desirable behavior, e.g. good organization, respect for others, courtesy, responsibility etc.
Tip 4: Ensure you define the limits of behavior. Children will often behave inappropriately because they do not know what is expected of them. What is obvious to you may not be so to the child.
Tip 5: Use positive language to encourage positive behavior. I’ve put together a poster below that you can have on hand to help you use positive language. Just click on the image to download your copy.
Tip 6: Using signals can be key to a well run classroom. Develop a signal or routine that means ‘quiet please.’ Pausing can also work well as the signal for quiet or silence.
Tip 7: You may need to limit options if you find your students become overstimulated or overwhelmed.
Tip 8: Are you receptive to your students’ ideas? Do you listen attentively and actively? Use paraphrasing to help you understand your students’ thoughts, feelings and concepts.
Tip 9: A sense of humor can go a long way in helping to create a happy, well run classroom. Appreciate the jokes and funny stories your students tell you.
Tip 10: Implementing class meetings are a great way to improve communication and cohesiveness of a class. These are a great way to resolve any problems, plan fun activities and improve communication skills.
Tip 11: The first 5 minutes of a lesson really counts; and it usually sets the tone for how the rest of the lesson will go. Do you use a variety of teaching strategies to entice your students in the first few minutes of the lesson?
Tip 12: Remember to be confident and enthusiastic and use your voice clearly to explain concepts and keep students on track during a lesson.
Tip 13: Gain the full attention of the class before you give instructions.
Tip 14: Teach social skills to help your students interact with others, increase self esteem and be accepting of other students’ differences. Select one social skill to focus on for the month and take note of when you see students practicing the skill. Remember to give positive verbal feedback to the students when you observe the skill.
Tip 15: Check that your students understand a task before allowing them to begin the task. Ask your students to repeat directions for procedures or list the main points of your instruction.
Tip 16: When demonstrating a task to students prepare all equipment ahead of time. Arrange the class so that all students can see and maintain student attention throughout the demonstration. Write important points from the demonstration on the board as you go as it can assist with review. Allow your students to practice what was demonstrated.
Tip 17: Use good oral communication that is: audible, clear and varied (not in monotones). Use language that your students understand.
Tip 18: Remember your body language can set the tone for a lesson as well. Check your: facial expression, movements, gestures, mannerisms and eye contact.
Tip 19: Use a variety of questions to engage your students, check for understanding and extend their thinking. Remember to allow time for students to think and answer the question. Recognize the value of student answers.
Tip 20: Check that your students carry out your directions. Comment on the way the directions are carried out and praise if necessary.
Tip 21: Self-evaluate for self-improvement.