Classroom management is a term used by teacher
s to describe the process of ensuring that classroom lessons run smoothly in spite of misbehavior by students. It is one of the most difficult areas of teaching for many teacher
s; indeed experiencing problems in this area causes some to leave teaching altogether. Classroom management is closely linked to issues of motivation, discipline and respect.
There are certain absolute no no`s for class room management. This includes:
Insulting or humiliating the students
Using physical force
Always insisting on having the last word
Being biased towards some of the students
Holding a grudge
Throwing a temper tantrum
Making comparisons with other students
There are certain techniques for effective classroom discipline.
Certain rules have to be made by the teacher
s, right from the beginning of the academic year. Many teacher
s make the mistake of starting the year with poor disciplinary plan, thinking that it can be dealt with later on. This leads to a lot of problems later on, so it is necessary to make the rules and put forth the students right from the beginning.
Use classroom positive rules describing what you want instead of listing things the students cannot do. Instead of “no-running in the room,” use “move through the room in an orderly manner”. Instead of “no gum chewing,” use “leave gum at home.” Refer to your rules as expectations. Let your students know this is how you expect them to behave in your classroom. The rules have to be clearly explained to the students; so that there is no confusion about the rules later on.
s have to be very consistent with the rules. Enforcing the rules for one day and taking it very lightly the other day is not right. Rules have to be followed consistently, or the students don't take you seriously or don't think you are fair.
s have to adopt the policy of treating all the students equally without any bias or soft corner for a particular student. Students are very sensitive about this aspect and even the slightest mistake on the teacher
s part makes the students label them as being unfair or partial thereby loosing their respect.
Whenever there is some kind of behaviour problem in the class, it is the teacher
s' duty to deal with it in such a manner that the whole class is not interrupted. Because, spending too much time on this matter wastes the students' time and the schedule is haywire. Just try simple ways to get the students back on track in case they start talking or arguing. Whenever there is a confrontation deal with the matter privately. Call the students after class to sort out the matter, make them sit separately till such times so as to keep the class flow steady without any interruption or loss of time.
These are some of the ways a teacher
can adopt to control her class. With proper class room management there will be less chances of fights or violence. Students will not waste their time, work productively. The time spent in dealing the problems will be cut automatically. The atmosphere in the class room will be more positive. The success rate of students also increases as the environment is very positive and productive. Simultaneously along with all this positive aspects, the teacher
is less hassled. The stress factor decreases to a great extent.
s who are courteous, enthusiastic, in control, patient and organized provide examples for their students through their own behaviour.
Class room management is a very important aspect of teaching. Learning to behave can be just as important as learning the academic lessons taught in school.
To sum it all through effective classroom management, teacher
s can build healthy and mutually respectful relationships with their students.