Classroom behavior management is important for the success of the students as well as teachers' sanity. Whether you teach first graders or University students, it's essential that you take the steps to ensure that the students show good behavior.
Here are some tips that will have a good impact when it comes to managing behavior in class.
Teachers play multiple roles. Apart from teaching, they also fulfill the role of a counselor, guide, coach, mentor, and also a monitor. For good classroom behavior, the last of the mentioned roles is of critical importance.
When teaching, you should constantly scan the classroom for misbehaving students. Keep an eye on everything that is going on in the class. You should monitor the class in a way that students believe that you have eyes on the back of your head. When students know that you are monitoring the class, they are more likely to behave in a positive manner.
If you take the time to form a constructive relationship with your students, you will have an easier time making your class to behave. You should be both firms yet caring for your students. Allow them to be at ease while also behave in a respectful manner in the class.
Forging relationship with your students will provide benefits that go beyond just good classroom behavior. Evidence has shown that when teachers take an initiative to build such relationships, it results in positive academic performance.
Every group needs a leader. If you don't lead the group, one or more of the disruptive students will fill the void. As a result, you will find it difficult to control the class.
In order to have the class display good behavior, you need to show confident leadership. Consider faking it if required. But whatever you do, make sure the students know who is the boss in the class. They need to respect and follow orders. This may even require disciplining unruly students. Move about the room in a confident manner and don't be afraid to single out a student for disrupting the class.
Great teachers have a Jedi-like commanding presence in the room due to which students keep silent and listen attentively to every word. Consider applying the CASPER approach recommended by the UK National Union of Teachers that stands for being Calm and Assertive, ensuring Status Preservation, showing Empathy and gaining Respect in class.
You should consider giving a quiz to your students at the start of the session. Consider giving them a quiz using an online exam software. This will force students to think about the negative and disruptive consequences of bad behavior in class. It will increase the chances that they will show good behave during the class.
You should make rules and constantly remind your students about them. One rule that should be prominent among them is that when the teacher is speaking, everyone should remain silent. This includes speaking on the phone during lecture.
Having said that, you should be flexible in enforcing behavior rules. Aiming for a pin-drop silence while the ideal is not recommended. This will only create a repressive atmosphere. Remember that we humans are social animals. So, occasional small chatter that doesn't disturb the class should be ignored. Only if the chatter persists and disturbs the entire class should you take action and silence the class.