background preloader

Classroom Management

Facebook Twitter

Theconversation. Imagine a classroom where children are unable to wait their turn or stay focused on their work.


They are easily distracted, cannot remember basic instructions or hold enough information in their head to solve problems – skills teachers rely on in order to teach successfully. These behavioural issues are all examples of problems that can arise from attachment issues – based on the relationship between children and their main caregiver. Attachment theory is now one of the world’s most well-researched theories about human development.

It was first proposed by the 20th-century British psychiatrist John Bowlby, who considered that children needed to develop a secure attachment with their main caregiver via sufficiently consistent, responsive, sensitive, appropriate and predictable care and support. A Super Simple Way to Help Your Students Focus. 10 Traits of Impactful Christian Teachers. Back-to-School Classroom Management Solutions. An ELT Notebook: 5 Classroom Management Tips To Silence A Noisy Class. Suggests 5 tips to help you get silence from the worst kids in school... 1.

An ELT Notebook: 5 Classroom Management Tips To Silence A Noisy Class

The first thing to remember is that you are the boss. Self belief is incredibly important in this job. You can’t expect pupils to respond positively to you unless you believe, really believe, that you fully deserve their respect and compliance. The thought that you are the leader in the classroom must be at the forefront of your mind. If you give any sign at all that you are NOT in FULL CONTROL, children will sense this and exploit your weaknesses. All too often a teacher will enter a lesson filled with dread and give out the signal that they are beaten before the lesson even starts. 2. 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class. One day, in front 36 riotous sophomores, I clutched my chest and dropped to my knees like Sergeant Elias at the end of Platoon.

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Instantly, dead silence and open mouths replaced classroom Armageddon. Standing up like nothing had happened, I said, "Thanks for your attention -- let's talk about love poems. " I never used that stunt again. After all, should a real emergency occur, it would be better if students call 911 rather than post my motionless body on YouTube. I've thought this through. Most teachers use silencing methods, such as flicking the lights, ringing a call bell (see Teacher Tipster's charming video on the subject), raising two fingers, saying "Attention, class," or using Harry Wong's Give Me 5 -- a command for students to: Focus their eyes on the speaker Be quiet Be still Empty their hands Listen.

There is also the "three fingers" version, which stands for stop, look, and listen. Lesser known techniques are described below and categorized by grade bands: 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class. 20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students. Students’ behavior is a form of communication and when it’s negative it almost always stems from an underlying cause.

20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students

There are many reasons kids might be acting out, which makes it difficult for a teacher in a crowded classroom to figure out the root cause. But even if there was time and space to do so, most teachers receive very little training in behavior during their credentialing programs. On average, teacher training programs mandate zero to one classes on behavior and zero to one courses on mental health.

Teacher training programs mostly assume that kids in public schools will be “typical,” but that assumption can handicap teachers when they get into real classrooms. A National Institute of Health study found that 25.1 percent of kids 13-18 in the US have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders. Minahan is usually called into schools to help with the most challenging behavior.

Restorative Practice. Page Content Restorative practice is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged, including those damaged through bullying.

Restorative Practice

It does this by bringing about a sense of remorse and restorative action on the part of the offender and forgiveness by the victim. Rationale The rationale behind this approach is that when offenders reflect upon their harm to victims: They become remorseful and act restoratively. Application. New online technology aims to change bullying behvaiour » headspace. 49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child. It happens to every child in one form or another – anxiety.

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child

As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, try these simple phrases to help your children identify, accept, and work through their anxious moments. 1. “Can you draw it?” Drawing, painting or doodling about an anxiety provides kids with an outlet for their feelings when they can’t use their words. 2. Being told that you will be kept safe by the person you love the most is a powerful affirmation.

How teachers are taught to discipline a classroom might not be the best way. The national review of teacher education, released last week, emphasised that teaching graduates need to enter the classroom with practical skills for handling a classroom, and not just knowledge of the subject they’re teaching.

How teachers are taught to discipline a classroom might not be the best way

One of the most important aspects of educating future teachers is teaching them how to manage a classroom. Theconversation. Around one in five Australian school students don’t find school engaging, which means they are less likely to learn properly..


It’s an issue that tends to worsen as students become older. A study showed that in year 7, 70% of students observed found school engaging, but in year 9, this dropped to 55%. Part of the reason is that the brightest kids are not being challenged enough, leading to students becoming disconnected and disengaged from their studies. Disengagement has resulted in Australian classrooms becoming rowdier and bullying becoming more prevalent. A 2012 study revealed that just 60% of students in South Australian secondary schools found school engaging. How to Cope With Frustrated Child in Elementary School.

It’s common for grade-schoolers to push their parents’ buttons sometimes.

How to Cope With Frustrated Child in Elementary School

But there may be times when your child has strong reactions that seem to come out of nowhere. You might think he’s simply testing limits (or your patience). Instead, his reactions may be outbursts of frustration related to his learning and attention issues. Top 10 Behaviour Management Strategies. Most teachers are not surprised to learn that successful behaviour management is crucial to both students’ success and to their own sanity.

Top 10 Behaviour Management Strategies

However, you may not be sure which behaviour management strategies have the most impact. When behaviour management is talked about in many schools, the conversation focuses on the: Bill Rogers Behaviour Management. I came across Bill Rogers‘ work on behaviour management early in my career. I started working in some really tough schools. 10 Super Effective Ways to Grab Your Students’ Attention. It’s one of the great challenges of teaching. How do you compete with the distractions of a modern student’s life? How do you interest them in what you’re offering when their entertainment options are so immediate, so exciting, and so easy? How do you sell them on the cool complexity of a quadratic equation or the beauty of a delicate ecosystem?

How do you get them to appreciate the harsh struggle of the Lewis and Clark expedition or the clean simplicity of a well-written sentence? How do you get them to pay attention in a world of instant gratification? Six classroom management tips for new teachers. As a new teacher facing their first classroom experience, you will have no doubt been bombarded with information.

It’s hard to know what’s important and what can go to the bottom of your priority list. Well here’s the straight scoop: everything takes a back seat to classroom management because if you can’t effectively control your classroom, nothing will work as it should. You must master this one area first otherwise teaching can be especially unforgiving. While there are hundreds of possible strategies at your disposal, a few are absolutely critical. Stick with the following cornerstone principles from the first day of school to the last and you’ll have a successful year of teaching. Smile The oft-repeated recommendation that you should never smile in the first two months of the school year is hogwash. Have clear rules. Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves. Editor's Note: This piece was adapted from Building a Community of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies to Help Students Thrive in School and Beyond by Larry Ferlazzo, available March 21, 2015 from Routledge.

My previous post reviewed research on extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, and described the four qualities that have been identified as critical to helping students motivate themselves: autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance. At a school in Brooklyn’s poorest neighborhood, literacy is up and disciplinary problems are down. BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Three years ago, when Public School 446 opened in a building where two others had failed, it inherited many of the youngest students. Among them was a second-grader who was supposed to be in fourth grade and was reading at a kindergarten level.

The boy was one of a handful of students who had regular violent outbursts — he threw chairs and hit other kids. “He was coming to school with a lot of stress, and he wasn’t being successful academically, so he was acting out,” said Meghan Dunn, the principal of P.S. 446 in Brownsville. “Kids would rather be known as the bad kid than the dumb kid.” Super Seven Tips to Engage the Disengaged Child.