Over half of new teachers leave the field within the first 3 years. Why? Many cite the stress of dealing with disruptive and problem behavior in the classroom as the main reasons. If you feel frustrated with the behavior issues that you have to handle, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone–handling behavior issues comes with the job description.
Follow the strategies that I have included in this article, and you will have no problem managing your students’ behavior. Here is how to deal with even your most challenging students.
1. Keep rules simple and easy to follow. Choose no more than five or six of the most important rules. If students have too many rules, they will not remember any of them–and will not follow any of them!
A few other things to note:
Rules should be short. The fewer words in each rule, the greater the chance that it will be remembered and followed.
Be positive. Set a positive tone in your classroom by avoiding negative words like no, not, and never.
Allow the class to help you choose the most important rules. Students are more likely to remember the rules if they help create them. In addition, it will provide them with a sense of control and responsibility to follow the rules since they are the ones that came up with them.
Post them clearly and legibly. Students should be able to remind themselves what the rules are at any moment during the school day.
2. Create effective consequences. Make it a process. Start out with something that doesn’t affect them too much and make each consequence that follows a bit more severe. Remember that developing some way of keeping up with behavior and being consistent is a must.
Follow-through is also important, as is providing feedback. Make sure that students know why they are receiving a consequence and that they know how to avoid receiving future consequences. Finally, avoid punishing the whole class. It isn’t fair to those who do follow the rules. Read More