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Top 10 Proven Classroom Management Tips for Teachers

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					What is classroom management?
Wikipedia gives a classroom management definition as:

“A term used by teachers to describe the process of ensuring that classroom lessons run
smoothly despite disruptive behavior by students.”

Listed below are several techniques, ideas, resources, and tips for teachers to
hone the right skills to conquer their classroom:

1. Start the year tough.
Many teachers make the mistake of starting the school year
with a poor discipline plan or without any classroom
management plan at all. It is so much easier to start tough
and then lighten up, then to start light and discipline more.
 At the beginning of the year, students quickly assess the
situation and realize what they will be allowed to get away
with. Starting the year tough will give you control and
flexibility.



                                     2. Be fair to all students.
                                     Students are the first to recognize a teacher’s favorites or
                                     biases. This is dangerous because it could lead to disruption if
                                     they sense that a teacher has favorites. Treat all without
                                     partiality and make sure all are included and engaged in class
                                     material. Without fairness, knowing all of the best teaching
                                     methods and strategies will be useless.



3. Be prepared for disruptions---and don’t let them phase
you.
Students often amplify their teacher’s reaction to disruptions—be ready for them and be ready to
calmly and quickly pick up where you left off. Having a joke or interesting comment ready to
bring attention back to you will allow you to transition back to the material. It is also good to be
prepared for emergencies.


4. Instill high expectations
Expect that your students will behave, not that they will
disrupt. Reinforce this with the way you speak to your
students. When you begin the day, tell your students your
expectations for the day and they will have the goals
engrained in their head and will be less likely to cause
trouble.
                         5. Incentivize good behavior.
                         Motivating students though rewards like no homework, watching a
                         video, ice cream, or free-activity time can help students by giving them a
                         goal. This can also help students hold each other accountable to class
                         goals and stigmatize negative behavior even more.



                         6. Overplan.
                         Make sure you have plenty of activities to cover
                         classroom time. It is wise to have several go-to activities
                         to do if and when a lesson finishes early. It is sometimes
the point of no return when students realize they are done with planned activities.




                                    7. Have a clearly expressed
                                    disciplinary plan…with
                                    consequences!
                                    Make sure students know the disciplinary ladder well. Any
                                    hint of ambiguity can leave a loophole for excuses (and
                                    students are great at making excuses!). Warn students when
                                    they are close to breaking a rule so there will be no ambiguity
when that line is crossed.

If you constantly raise your voice to get the attention of the class, consider investing in a
classroom amplification system which can save your voice by projecting it.
Teachers love amplified classroom systems because they make it easier to get the attention of the
whole class and stick to curriculum.


                         The iPod Portable PA system is a great system for classrooms because it
                         features an iPod dock that simultaneously plays and charges your iPod
                         and also has outputs for a projector.


                         8. Focus on relationships.
                          A teacher than can connect positively with their students
                          will make students behave and easier to manage because
                          students will regard the teacher much like a friend.
 Using positive reinforcement to build a positive reputation for the child gives the
student confidence that their teacher believes in them and will make it harder to
disappoint the teacher with bad behavior or work ethic.
                                   9. Be careful about confrontation.
                                   Confrontation needs to not humiliate nor does it need to be
                                   done in front of others. A bad confrontation situation could
                                   cause turn a teacher into an enemy in the eyes of a student.
                                    This will only amplify bad behavior.




10. Be patient and keep practicing.
Don’t worry if things don’t go well right away…controlling your classroom is learn-able but will
always be a challenge with some students.

Whether you are teach a kindergarten class, at an elementary school, middle school, or high
school, it is best to “Expect the Unexpected” and be ready for adversity!

For more information on classroom discipline, classroom behavior
management, or organization please check back at blog.ampli.com or visit
the AmpliVox YouTube Channel.

				
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