Teachers have a very challenging, yet ultimately rewarding job. They shape future generations by providing education in a caring environment. Handling a classroom full of children with different personalities and learning styles is no easy task. Classroom management is key to maintaining control and allowing for an optimal learning environment for all students. Maintaining key strategies helps teachers from the first day of school to the last because children will know what to expect.
Avoid Long Lecture Times
Lesson plans are often broken down into different blocks or periods. Filling each span of time with pure lecture will often cause students to lose interest and get bored which leads to acting out. Instead, be sure to mix it up with hands-on activities, visual aids, and interactions. This breaks up the lesson for the students and allows an opportunity for different types of learners to take in the information.
Read Educator’s Materials
There are many Classroom Management Materials available to teachers. The books and classroom aids contain priceless information created by educators for educators. These tried and true strategies can help improve the learning environment by reducing distractions, calming energetic students, and keeping the focus on each lesson.
Dealing with Distractions
Students often come up with creative ways to distract themselves and others from the teacher. They will crumble paper, pass notes, talk, text, plus countless other distractions. An excellent tip is to go stand by the student that is acting out. The teacher then can continue their lesson by that individual. The change of location and direct supervision will force the student to stop their actions and focus.
Talk to Classroom Disrupters
There are times when students continue to be disruptive even after warnings, changes in activity, and direct supervision. In these instances, taking the student into the hall and simply asking if they are alright or if something is bothering them can provide insight and a quick change of behaviors. Just like adults, kids have off days, challenges at home, emotions, and so on. Letting them vent their frustrations or feelings can help them get it out and feel listened to.
It can be difficult for students to go from algebra to social studies, etc. When a student’s mind is focused on a certain subject or task a quick change of subject isn’t simple. Creating simple transitions like a minute of silence, stretch breaks, or deep breathing can calm the mind and allow students to change gears. Rewards for continued good behavior in following transitions can cement them into the daily routine.
There are many different types of students. They all learn differently, and each classroom is bound to have several types of learners. The optimal choice to deal with the challenges that arise while teaching is classroom management. There are many ways to maintain focus and control in the classroom by talking to disruptors, reducing distractions, creating transitions, skipping long lectures, and reading books for educators.