5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers
I made a good number of blunders my first year teaching that still make me cringe. I learned though. And it's fair to say, when it comes to managing a classroom, most of what we learn as new teachers is trial by fire. It's also smart to heed the advice of those who have walked -- and stumbled -- before you. If you are struggling with discipline, here are five tips that you can start using right away: #1 Use a normal, natural voice Are you teaching in your normal voice? Raising our voice to get students' attention is not the best approach, and the stress it causes and the vibe it puts in the room just isn't worth it. You want to also differentiate your tone. #2 Speak only when students are quiet and ready This golden nugget was given to me by a 20-year veteran my first year. So I tried it; I fought the temptation to talk. My patience paid off. #3 Use hand signals and other non-verbal communication Flicking the lights off and on once to get the attention is an oldie but goodie.
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