Behavioral Management Strategies

One of the most difficult tasks of being a teacher is managing classroom behavior. A disruptive student takes time and focus away from other students’ learning. You must act quickly and nip it in the bud so the classroom environment can remain respectful and conducive to learning while you’re grooming students to not only be successful, but also to be upstanding and kind citizens in the world.

Here are a few behavioral management strategies that will make your classroom run smoothly so that you can focus on teaching:

  • 1. Be fair and consistent: This is somewhat hard to maintain as one might tend to let certain behaviors slide and choose not to acknowledge them, but keeping consistency establishes a level of respect and let’s the students know this: if you do something bad, you know what their will be consequences.
  • 2. Create an open classroom environment with rules and responsibilities: Creating a classroom where the teacher and students jointly develop rules and responsibilities help establish the culture of the classroom. It is key to do that in the beginning of the year (preferably the first day). As a class, brainstorm what rights and responsibilities are and afterwards establish the rights and responsibilities of both the teacher and students. After summarizing those, then collectively create what the consequences will be are if they are not followed.
  • 3. Teaching skills: Every teacher has certain techniques or a “bag of tricks” that they use to engage students. Keeping students engaged and interested minimizes behavioral problems. Working on certain techniques such as the lesson structure/organisation, questioning skills and wait time and overall delivery will ensure that your students remain focused and hopefully prevents minor distractions from inattentive students.
  • 4. Using low key responses: Low key responses are the least intrusive and don’t interrupt the flow of classroom, but once implemented they can curb unruly behavior.
    • The Look: This strategy involves using a certain look to convey which behaviors are appropriate or inappropriate, and it’s often impactful when you stop mid-sentence and implement it to misbehaving students.
    • Proximity and Touch: Moving around the class and getting close to the misbehaving student can curve behavior and doesn’t disrupt class. And something as simple as a hand placed on the shoulder can curb misbehavior.
    • Signals: Signals also help facilitate classrooms when a child is misbehaving, such as punctuating with silence. Such small signals can go a long way.
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    Happy teaching!