Behaviour Management in the Classroom

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I have had many opportunities in my teaching career to apply many different types of behaviour management techniques and strategies.  Being on the occasional teaching list has helped me to become aware of when and where to apply these interesting and effective ways to keep behaviour to a minimum in my class.  That’s not saying that I have never experienced students behaving poorly.  What I am saying is that I have had some practice implementing different strategies and techniques in different situations within the classroom.

Every student is unique and may require a unique way of dealing with their behaviour.  This is where I feel that being a parent of more then one child gives you great background and experience on how each and every child is different and may require different ways to be understood.  Depending on the student and the situation is how I look at each situation on how I will approach it.  I am still fair and I do believe that the punishment should fit the crime, but it is the way we deliver that message that is the most important part for our students to know we care.

Some strategies and techniques that I have found work for me are;

  1. Fair but Firm, you can make exceptions at times but everyone should be treated fairly, and you need to stick to what you say no wishy washiness with your students.
  2. Strategically placing yourself around the classroom at specific times to prevent or stop behaviour.
  3. Discreetly talking to students out in the hall as to not draw attention to them or center them out.
  4. Students need to know your limits.  Establishing this early on is very important to the success of the classroom and also to other teachers that may be in your classroom.
  5. Be prepared, always know what you will be teaching or working on so students do not have the opportunity to act out or misbehave.
  6. Get to know your students, I find this one is so important.  By taking an interest in each and every student it shows the students you care, and they will gain great respect for you and you for them.
  7. Use humour in your day to day talk, students love funny things and will see you more like a person and not just a teacher.  It also grabs their attention when you are teaching a lesson.
  8. Listen to your students, this one can go a long way in many situations!  It may just give you the underlying reason why your student is acting out.
  9. Redirect when neccesary, try and keep track of who is off task and get their focus back but maybe asking them a wuestion about their work.  This may be your chance to see why they are off track in the first place, they may not understand the work being asked of them.
  10. Reward good behaviour, recognize students who are always doing good.  But also give credit to those who need to hear it when doing good even if it may be small.

I would love to hear more ideas of how you manage your classroom.  Please feel free to share or to add to my ideas.  All feedback is welcome!

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