It’s fair to say that learning how to manage a class is often done through trial and error and it takes time to know how to do it effectively.
To create happy, positive learning environments, it’s important to know what to do for successful classroom management. Here you’ll find 5 tip top super secrets to help you with managing your students. Let’s take a look…
Catch their Attention
Make sure you have all your students’ attention before beginning a lesson. This will get the class off to a successful start with everyone focused.
When you have their attention, keep it by finding ways to motivate your students throughout the lesson. Perhaps you have group reward charts to encourage them or you keep stickers for good behaviour close by?
Another way to hold focus is by going through the lesson objective on the board and making it clear why they’re focusing on that objective and how it will improve their learning.
Use Non-Verbal Communication
A great technique for classroom management, and to catch your students’ attention, is to use non-verbal communication and signs.
For instance, you could put your arm up and your finger to your lips as if to say ‘quiet’. Get your students to do the same, be patient and resist the urge to speak, and you’ll soon have quiet in your classroom with everyone’s hand up. Only when you have silence should you begin teaching again.
Over Plan for Student Engagement
Make sure you over plan your lessons and have enough resources at hand so you’re likely to run out of time rather than have time to fill. Students who are not engaged can cause an unwelcome disruption.
That said, if there’s way too much talking from the teacher and not enough hands-on learning, students can often lose interest – it’s best to make sure they’re busy; it’ll improve their learning too!
Take On Your Natural Voice
In lessons, it’s best to hold your natural voice and not shout. Raising your voice can lead to a bad feeling in the room and it’s not worth the stress either!
Make sure you change your tone depending on the situation to get the most engagement. For instance, for questions, use a friendly, open tone and for a command, use a more assertive voice.
Do Extra-Curricular Activities
It’s a good thing to spend time with your students outside of the classroom – you could head up a school choir or join in with the football coaching. Whatever it is, by getting involved in other things, you’ll gain more honest, open conversations with your students, which will really help in the classroom when you talk about their academic work.