A new teacher facing their first classroom experience, there will have no doubt a lot of questions and information they will need to know or ask. Here are 3 classroom management tips to help new teachers.
Have clear rules
Having classroom rules will protect the students’ rights to learn and enjoy school. They must cover every possible disruption and misbehaviour and there should be no misunderstandings regarding what is regarded as breaking the rules.
Explain your rules explicitly in the first few days at your school. Show your students examples of the behaviour you expect. For example, if you are teaching children to raise their hands before speaking, sit in a student’s seat and demonstrate what the rule does and doesn’t look like.
Have clear consequences
Having clear consequences will hold your students accountable without having to lecture them or criticise them. Make sure you maintain a positive relationship with your students, as your aim is to reach out to them and inspire them to mature socially and academically.
Explain to your class through the steps of misbehaving, from initial warning to parent contact. Model the words, body language that you will use when giving out these warnings, or informing them that you will be calling home. This way, you are not leaving any surprises, arguments, anger when things go wrong. This prompts the offending student to reflect on their misbehaviour, make sure you take responsibility for it and vow to never do it again.
A lack of consistency is a fast way to lose control of your class. When you let a student misbehave, yell and admonish instead of enforcing your consequences, you breach a form of trust with your students. This can cause disappointments, resentment and potentially more misbehaviour. If you notice a transgression in with your rules, your response should be automatic, even robot like. The simple approach to misbehaving students, tell them what rule was broken and the consequence and then turn away.