Posted on February 28, 2013 by admin
Implementing an effective classroom management plan can be a difficult task. The behavior of the current generation of students and the teachers’ inability to handle disciplinary situations simply add to the woes of both the teacher and the taught alike. The situation is getting worse due to a variety of factors; thus, it is no surprise that people everywhere are looking for classroom management plans.
So what makes a classroom management plan effective in improving student behavior? An effective classroom management plan has many elements, three of which are critical and yet so simple as to allow to you begin working on them right away. Here is what you got to do:
1. STAY CALM AND COMPOSED
Always stay calm and composed, right from the moment you step into the classroom to the time you wind up the class. At any time if the pupils you teach sense that you are flustered or starting to panic then it is quite likely that their inappropriate classroom behavior will only worsen. No matter how stressed out and frustrated you may be, you must present an image of calm to your pupils at all times.
It is easy to become downbeat and negative under pressure to perform. Handle pressure creatively without buckling under it. The least you can do is not let a bad situation become worse by losing your cool. If you are negative, then your students will be negative and that will make classroom management more difficult. What tends to happen in these situations is that you get yourself into a vicious circle, the more negative that you become, the more badly behaved your students become.
If you can walk into your classroom with a smile on your face you will get a much more positive reaction from your students.
2. DON’T MISS A CHANCE TO APPRECIATE YOUR STUDENTS
If you want your students to behave inside the classroom, then praise them whenever you have the opportunity. You need to train your students exactly how you want them to behave, and the use of praise is an excellent way to do this.
Appreciation is the most important tool at the disposal of a teacher, and if you can exercise it wisely, even the worst-behaved ones can be controlled easily.
3. USE THE LANGUAGE OF CHOICE
Communicate with your students using words that not only are clear but also convey in a manner that respects the students’ sense of self-esteem. Instead of telling, or worse commanding, children to do something, explain to them that you would like them to ‘choose’ to do something. This subtle change in language is incredibly powerful and is sure to produce positive results.
An example of this would be explaining to John “I would like you to choose to sit down quietly”, as opposed to saying “sit down quietly”.
These three steps––although quite subtle––will transform your approach to students, making you an effective classroom manager in your school. In the long run, they will also help you become a much better teacher.