When it comes to sharing classroom management tips, there are lots of different ways of thinking. Most educators believe things should be done a certain way, and many of these ways are vastly different. Many of these methods have also enjoyed years of success. If it works, it works.
The question is, is there a comprehensive universal list of classroom management tips that can help all teachers? We have one below we think is worth looking at. It will give you some ideas if you’re a veteran or the new kid on the block. Here are 10 classroom management tips every teacher can use.
10 Useful Classroom Management Tips for Teachers
1. Write Down Your Classroom’s Rules
It seems like every teacher hands out a syllabus at the start of the class year. It details when students are responsible for reading this chapter and that. It specifies when there will be tests and quizzes, and tells students how their grades will be determined. Consider drafting up and handing out a two- or three-page “behavior syllabus” that details what students are allowed and not allowed to do, punishments, rewards, etc.
2. Let Students Help Make The Rules
Authoritarianism doesn’t work with today’s students. Rather than hand out the “behavior syllabus” on the first day of class, teachers should spend part of the first class discussing the potential rules with the students. You will be surprised how many students will want stricter rules than you do.
Make sure there is a majority consensus on the rules that the class adopts. A good teacher will guide the class discussion so there are no rules that will cause too many class disruptions and too much undisciplined behavior.
3. Apply The Rules Consistently
Don’t let the Bart Simpsons dominate the classroom. Many students hate it when troublemakers get away with misbehavior periodically because teachers don’t want to penalize every single violation. This kind of inconsistency can result in students who are generally well-behaved being disciplined as often as students who are clearly more disruptive.
4. Reward More Than You Punish
Okay, this tip depends on students’ behavior. The point, though, is that students should be rewarded for good behavior. The reward for an effective class without behavior distractions might be no homework or creating a fun game that might help students learn more than they would during a traditional class. Praise is also important. Only hearing the negative is counterproductive.
5. Encourage Questions
Make it crystal clear that students can, and should, ask questions at any time. The printed rules should specify what students need to do to ask questions. Generally, students need to raise their hands. As a teacher, you should not be so focused on your lecture that questions aren’t encouraged.
6. Invite Questions
A lack of questions might mean that your lesson isn’t interesting. A teacher should be more invested in getting the students interested in the subject matter than making sure that all the facts in the textbook are conveyed. Try not talking solo for more than five minutes at a time. Instead ask the students questions and invite them to ask questions.
7. Don’t Answer All The Questions
Yes, all the questions should be answered, but not necessarily by you. Encourage students to volunteer answers to their classmates’ questions. Students often learn better when the information is explained to them by another student.
8. Let Students Make Assignments
Are all students the same? Of course not. Then why should they all read Chapter 1 this week, Chapter 2 next week, etc.? Ask your students who is interested in writing a short paper about a subject that is mentioned in the chapter. Reward students who accept your challenge.
9. Encourage The Students To “Teach”
Asking the students to listen to you day after day is often an ineffective way to teach. Letting them tell you and their classmates what they have learned can be an effective teaching tool for these student “teachers” and their classmates. Let students who are interested make a 5-minute presentation on the subject matter. Again, reward those who accept your challenge.
10. Encourage Group Projects
Students who work with each other inside and outside the classroom might develop more respect for each other. Some students will develop leadership skills O.hers will learn to be more responsible about completing assignments when there is a group grade that affects their friends and classmates.