Classroom behavior is one of the trickiest issues teachers face today. Disruptive behavior results in lost curriculum time and creates a classroom environment that is not always conducive to learning. It probably won’t surprise you that classroom control/discipline is rated among the top four challenges teachers face in public schools today. In fact, almost half the teachers polled said that discipline was a serious problem in their schools. Not surprisingly, when the public was polled on the same issues, they ranked classroom control/discipline as the number one challenge.
Of course, there is no one “correct” way to encourage positive classroom behavior. But if you begin with a good foundation, it is possible.
Teacher should take some time to think about the strategies he plans to use to encourage positive classroom behavior. Clarifying his strategies will make it easier for him to lead the class confidently and effectively. He should also imagine possible classroom challenges and review his strategies for dealing with them. Having clear-cut strategies will help keep him grounded when these challenges do arise.
Make sure also that student know what the teacher expect of them. The classroom rules he present should be positive, specific and concise. Teacher may wish to post them in the classroom or distribute them for students to sign. He should also spell out what will happen if students do not meet expectations. Occasionally teacher may have to remind himself to follow his own rules. For example, if he asks students not to drink beverages in class, he should refrain from keeping a cup of coffee on his desk, even if he does not drink it during class.
When teacher praise students who are excelling, he should not forget to encourage those who are trying, but struggling. These students often lack confidence and need more positive reinforcement.
The most important reminder for the teachers is to show respect for their students. This includes listening to their needs and preserving their dignity. It also means living up to their expectations of them, such as greeting them at the beginning of class or returning corrected homework in a timely fashion.
Creating an environment in which students know and follow the rules is challenging, but not impossible. With a little patience and perseverance, teachers can lay a foundation for respect and positive behavior in your classroom that lasts all year.
By: Ms. Maricel G. Roxas | Teacher I – Science| Mariveles National High School – Cabcaben, Mariveles, Bataan