When the teacher is in class and the students, who are usually physically larger than the teacher, are in groups of twenty or more, it becomes easy to get nervous regarding disciplinary issues.
Three ways to address classroom discipline
Build strong relationships
First thing it is essential to build strong relations with the students. Next is to find out the interests of the student. For example, if the student is interested in sports, find out the student’s favorite team or if the student is interested in low-riders find out what rims are. Students get surprised when teachers take active participation and interest in their activities or lives.
Stick to class rules
Make some class rules and try sticking to them. When the year begins, the teacher should discuss what rules mean with regard to the teacher, their peers, their work and school and personal property. These rules have no value if the teacher is not following them. If the student is disrespectful to the teacher, the teacher should not respond in the same way. Being a teacher, the teacher should model the expectations that have been set for the students every time. For example, if the student is not listening or working in class then the teacher instead of addressing the student rudely should approach the student and ask if there is any problem that the teacher can help with.
The next important thing is using motivators as one of the tools of discipline. Motivation is an essential feature in proper classroom management. Teachers can help students find out the reason behind the work they are doing, and the teachers can do this best by making it fun. Some warm-up games can be played. Certificates and awards can be given to encourage the students. Public acknowledgment for good work can also be done.
To keep students busy is to also keep students disciplined. Give positive feedback to every student each day. You can do this by catching them when they do something right. But some high school students do not like to be publicly acknowledged, so teachers need to be sensitive and understanding in such cases. They might feel embarrassed facing their peers, but if positive feedback is given privately to them then teachers will see surprising results.
Originally posted 2009-10-07 12:50:44.