Classroom management is easy.
Let me rephrase that.
Classroom management should feel easy.
If it feels difficult to you, if it feels like you’re straining and working to get students to behave and pay attention, then you’re doing something wrong.
Effective classroom management is knowledge based. Unlike most successes in life, it doesn’t reward those who work the hardest. It rewards those who work the smartest.
It takes poise, self-discipline, and mindfulness—to be sure. But it doesn’t take being exhausted at the end of the day.
Today’s article is the 80th written for this website. If you look through the articles, you’ll find strategies that anyone can do, that are simple to implement, and that take minimal planning.
Students react predictably—both good and bad—to certain teacher behaviors, techniques, and strategies. Knowing which is which is like having a key that unlocks the secrets to happy teaching.
And that’s what this site is about. Being happy in your job, fulfilled, and blessed with the freedom to inspire students—without interruption, disruption, and disrespect.
A Lot To Learn
Rules and consequences are an important part of classroom management. There is no getting around it. You can’t be an effective teacher without an unwavering commitment to following them. But they’re only a small part of classroom management—just a sliver.
The rest is your relationship with students—how you speak, interact, and communicate with them, the way you respond when they misbehave, how you carry yourself, how you praise them, and the strategies you use to get them to do what you ask.
You have to know how to create leverage, how to build rapport, how to get students excited about coming to school, how to be an effective storyteller, and how to get students to want to behave.
There is a lot to learn.
But once you have a solid understanding of smart classroom management principles, strategies, and techniques, you’ll have the confidence to control, and thrive in, any classroom on the planet—regardless of who the students are or the behavior problems they’ve had in the past.
Goodbye To The Old Methods
Classroom management shouldn’t feel like hard work.
You shouldn’t have to persuade, bribe, yell, argue, debate, negotiate, lecture, scold, glare, or threaten students to behave. You shouldn’t have to use elaborate incentive systems or praise students who don’t really deserve it.
You shouldn’t have to manipulate students or play mind games, walk on eggshells or merely hope your students will behave. You shouldn’t have to spend more time and energy on some students than others. And you shouldn’t have to be concerned about parent complaints.
But most important, classroom management shouldn’t be stressful.
If it is, or if it feels like hard work, or if you find yourself using any of these old methods, then you’re doing something wrong.
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