Effective teaching starts with knowing how to solve problems. That means having the knowledge and tools necessary to deal with anything that interferes with the educator’s ability to manage the classroom in a compassionate, yet authoritative manner. These five management tips for teachers can be just as valuable for avoiding disruptions and challenges in preschool austin as they are in high schools around the country:
1. Establish Control of Your Classroom
Be upfront and direct in declaring to your kids that class, in no uncertain terms, that the class cannot and will not begin until everyone is seated and facing forward, ready to pay attention to you. You do not need to start shouting over everyone or making declarative warnings about your readiness to proceed, you can be a lot more effective by grabbing their attention through creativity.
Getting your class engaged from the start through organic methods that naturally draw their attention to you and what you intend to say will make the children far more willing to give you their undivided focus. However, you do not want to formally get started until they are all attentive to you and only you.
2. Allow the Students to Sit Where They Wish
This is motivational for good behavior because it places the onus on the child to work to keep the seat they have chosen. Have your students select the seats where they wish to sit for the year and tell them these are the seats they will keep for the year. In essence, they are in possession of these locations for the year and you can bet they will be protective of these seats. But you can also tell them, if any student misbehaves, they risk losing that seat for the remainder of the year.
3. Incentivize Performance
Students want to get good grades but not all assignments may be graded. This might signal to some students that they do not need to try as hard on these assignments. But you can find other ways to make them perform their best. One way to do that is to get them all to work together for the greater good. Devise a system on an ungraded assignment in which one student’s performance could benefit all. If a student lacks effort on his or her assignment, you can penalize that student by giving them more homework than the others.
4. Have ‘Eyes in The Back of Your Head’
This is impossible, of course. But you can exude the perception that you see all by arranging the classroom and your position inside of it for maximum visibility of all the students in your class. Of course, facing the kids can make it easier to see them, but if you maneuver around the room and continually watch them from multiple positions, you can make the students feel as if they have little to wiggle room for misbehaving without being seen.
5. Inform the Class of The Consequences of Misbehaving
Provide specific and iron-clad consequences for bad behavior, there should be no gray area or confusion about what is considered disruptive misbehavior and the resulting actions that will be taken to curb such disruptions. It’s up to you to decide what the most effective penalties might be for the students in a particular class.