Reducing Classroom Management Problems Through Student Participation Strategies As a teacher, classroom management problems occur every now and then. It is like a web that traps educators when they least expect it. Much more, it can further drag you down the drain if pre-emptive measures are not taken. Without immediate action, it can consume your entirety, both professionally and personally. Battling against classroom management problems is in fact easy. As a teacher, you need to know which methodology works on a specific classroom and which one won’t. A very important component towards an effective procedure is to keep your students active in class. With their interest during your lectures, you can gain their support, their trust and their respect. With that said, what you need to prioritize is how to extract the interest of your students during an hour or long hours of lecture. We know for a fact that the attention rate of any student during a class is limited. To keep their ears and eyes fixated on you with great discussion retention, participation is the key. Here is a list of strategies you can incorporate in your lectures to reduce classroom management problems. Strategy # 1: Oral Participation. It is a strategy where you can ask your questions to the students based from your daily discussions. With all their responses depending on the content of it, you can add quiz points. This strategy allows the student’s active participation and will give them also the willingness to listen to your discussions. More than that, you can make this even a quiz for everyone, so they would be required to answer your questions with the correct synthesis. To add a little touch of logic, you can give open-ended questions to help them evaluate and analyze your discussion and contribute their personal views. Strategy # 2: Individual or group reporting. You can allot five to ten minutes of reporting for your students before or after classes. Your student can discuss a mere synthesis of today’s lecture or a short recap from the previous meeting discussion. Not only are they required to listen carefully to your lectures, but also to consolidate the whole topic with the allotted time you had mentioned. To add to their enthusiasm, you can also give points to students basing on how effective their reports and how consolidated it is. Strategy # 3: Students questioning. While this may not be widely practiced by most teachers, this is one good strategy. It is through this way you can be able to allow your students to ask and raise their concerns. Your questions may range from a simple lesson slope or an area where it was not well understood. This is also a good exercise if you want your students to think outside the box. Let them ask questions that will connect directly to your lectures and tie them to real world scenarios. After generating these questions, you can even leave a student to respond. Thus, not only you tend to touch the depth of their thoughts, but how they relate to a particular discussion. These strategies, if well practiced can cultivate the students' active participation. With their interest in your class, for sure they will entrust their knowledge and respect. With this discipline then follows. And it is discipline that provides the core solution to minimize classroom management problems.