Top 10 tips for teachers in the classroom, whether you are new to the profession or experienced… It is always good to remember the "golden rules"!
Top 10 Tips for teachers…
1 – Always follow through any promises/sanctions
If you threaten or promise something and don’t carry this through the students will see you as weak or fail to give you any respect as you haven’t done what you said you would.
2 – Never make a promise / threat you can’t keep
Make sure that any threat or promise is possible within the boundaries of the school that you are working in. Again failure to follow through has the same effect as the 1st tip.
3 – Always use a seating plan
This allows you to group students as YOU want them; it also enables you to learn names and to move students around the room as a primary sanction.
4 – Be consistent
Each student MUST be treated in the same way, this ensures that your room is fair; this does help gain respect from the students. Also you can’t have the “but x did it and…” used against you!
5 – Follow the school rules on sanctions / rewards
Every school has sanctions and rewards laid down – the students will know these! Make sure that you follow them to the letter, this also links with tip 4.
6 – Involve the parents
Parents want to know when their child is doing well or misbehaving, they want to be contacted – most parents are VERY supportive of the teacher contacting them… Try the phrase “I am concerned about X….” this usually works a lot better. Also if you try to make more praise contact than concern, students will appreciate this and their friends will begin to want the praise calls. See tip 1 and 2….
7 – Make it interesting / fun
If you make the lessons fun and interesting the students want to be involved, behaviour problems are less likely to occur.
8 – Wait…wait…wait for you instructions to be followed
If your instructions are not followed through immediately, repeat them at the same volume and wait… Repeat them again after a minute and continue to wait…. Wait time DOES work.
9 – Tell the students what they are going to be doing / learning in the lesson
Students want to know what they are going to be doing, a learning objective tells them what to look for. A starter to involve them in the lesson is also a good plan… see tip 7.
10 – Use lots of positive praise
Positive reinforcement is much better than negative. A number of students are simply looking for attention however they can get it… if you can spot them being good and praise this, that’s half the battle won!
Remember above all “Potty training is key!”
Get the students to understand your expectations, it may well be hard to begin with, but as long as you persevere it WILL get easier as the year goes on…. Eventually your reputation precedes you!
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