“ Everyone, every teacher, has tough classes. The goal is not to get a good class. But to create and cultivate a greater class.”
Classroom management is one of the primary concerns of all teachers across the globe. A classroom that is not disciplined is difficult to handle. Learning will not be effective in such an environment. The first step is to have a hold over your students and to have a say in the classroom. This does not mean that a hostile atmosphere must be created. That will just worsen things. Teachers should learn to strike the right balance.
Here are five effective classroom management tips that are sure to help teachers.
5 Effective Classroom Management Tips
While there are a lot of approaches to nail classroom management, today we are discussing the most basic and easy approach. Classroom management is about creating an equilibrium and making the students feel at ease. A gazillion rules and boundaries will suffocate the children and cause them to act out. Zero rules are also a no-go. So what is it that you should do? Let’s take a look:
- Understand and Plan
The first step is to understand your students. This might take two or three weeks or even a month or more. That is okay. You can change as you grow and learn. From the basic understanding, devise a plan. From what you want to discuss in class to when you want to have a small chatter break to what jokes you should crack (yes, you read that right), plan EVERYTHING! Move according to this and see if you are able to capture the attention of your students. Communicate and convey that the classroom is a safe space where they can be themselves and share what they want to. This will help to reduce the chaos and improve school discipline.
Teachers think that it’s their fault when the students yell and make taking class impossible. Well, you are both right and wrong. More often than not, this yelling and running around is a way to grab attention and as mentioned earlier, if you make them feel heard and safe, you can curb this issue. Connecting with your students helps manage the classroom better. Now that classes have moved online, yelling and running around are no longer an issue. Low network and mute buttons are!. Your students wouldn’t want to skip your classes by making up reasons if your classes are interesting. Of course, some concepts are naturally boring and what you can do is discuss with your students hope they would want the classes to be handles. You can’t do this with smaller children. With them, you can use games and presentations to make the classes more colorful.
- Be Compassionate
Put yourself in your students’ shoes and think about what you would do if you were them. Having compassion is pivotal when it comes to classroom management. Empathize with them, give them ample enough breaks and understand their problems. Act accordingly and half your classroom issues will be sorted.
- Be Consistent
Consistency is inevitable if you want to manage your classroom well. Consistent practices will bring in a sense of calm in the classroom. The students won’t be confused and hence the classroom won’t be chaotic. If you are teaching online, have a routine in place. Tell your students what they should do if you are late to class or if you are on leave. Have a schedule in place.
- Gather Feedback
Unless and until you taste the dish that you have cooked, you won’t know how good or bad it is. The taste and likeness of the ones who are having it also should be taken into consideration. Gathering feedback is the best way to do that. Talk to your students and analyze what they like and don’t like in the class. Alter what you can and work on the other things.
Classroom management plays an important role in making the teaching-learning process effective. One of the main reasons why students get restless and don’t listen is because they feel they are not in control and feel controlled. This needs to change. Give them ample time to talk, incorporate them in the classroom, ask questions, play games and make the classes lively.
The pandemic has changed a lot of things and teachers think that it is harder to manage an online classroom. However, that is not true. The key is to be innovative, understand what your students want, and stay true to what you do. The rest will fall in place.