Setting clear expectations for the class on the first day of the new school year is crucial for teachers to have an effective year.
With the back-to-school right around the corner, timing could not be any better to plan for a successful school year. This is possible only when the classroom rules for students are followed throughout the year. Here are a few strategies to help bring order to the chaotic back-to-school classroom and turn it into a teacher-expected-classroom.
Behavior: Children are usually eager to learn good things which make them a better person, instead of expecting them to know what these good practices are, teach them. Activities such as naming a behavior, demonstrating the same and asking them what they learnt from the activity.
Involve: Children usually follow the rules they create, rather than the ones laid down by parents or teachers. So, involve them when you formulate them. They cannot break them, because they made them!!
Language: Make sure the language you use with your students is simple, genuine, and respectful. Do not tolerate abusive words and language in classroom. Set the right tone and acceptable communication ways.
Consequences: However great your proactive strategies are, children tend to break the rules set by you. It is always better to be prepared with reactive strategies along with the rules. Use logical consequences to teach them why it is bad to break a rule and make sure they are respectful.
Goal: Although disciplining the classroom is important, the main aim of an academic year is not to enforce rules and regulations but to teach children valuable lessons for life. Instead of worrying about classroom management, it is better to plan more on effective teaching methods.
Have a great year!
For further references on this topic,
- BACK TO SCHOOL: REVIEWING PROCEDURES AND ROUTINES FOR YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOM
- RULES AND ROUTINE IN A CLASSROOM
- STARTING THE YEAR WITH RULES AND EXPECTATION