No, the number ‘65’ is not a typo. I really have compiled 65 classroom management tips to help you be even more effective. Classroom management is a ‘hot topic’ for teachers and I am always being asked about it – so I decided to compile a list of tips, ideas and strategies that have worked for me over the years. As I began to write, I found that the list kept growing and growing…
Whether you are a new beginning teacher, a casual relief teacher or an experienced veteran teacher, there is some good classroom management advice here for you.
So, below I have outlined 65 quick and easy classroom management tips and strategies that will help you to be even more effective.
So, take a deep breath and let’s go:
- Be consistent. Do what you say you are going to do, every time, without fail.
- Be true to you. Your management strategies should reflect who you are.
- Always be willing to try new things.
- Use a normal, natural speaking voice.
- Make informed decisions when dealing with student behaviour.
- Ensure your management strategies are age appropriate.
- Admit you’re wrong. Yes, saying sorry is an important part of classroom management.
- Arouse curiosity in the first 60 seconds of your lesson.
- Have high expectations.
- Don’t accuse students. Find a way to converse with them in an appropriate manner.
- Use my favourite strategy – Peer, Pause, Position. Check it out here.
- Be flexible. Be willing to adjust and modify what you do.
- Change your management strategies where appropriate. Different classes may respond better to different strategies.
- Don’t make empty threats.
- Get to know your students.
- Give students appropriate levels of choice. Not too much, and not too little.
- Intentionally build rapport with your students.
- Be fair.
- Don’t argue with a student. Ever.
- Replace your frustration with a calm and curious attitude.
- Set clear boundaries and work hard to keep them.
- Move around the room.
- Vary the tone of your voice throughout the lesson.
- Have fun.
- Quickly redirect off-task behaviour.
- Wait for every student to be ready before you speak. (And keep waiting until they are attentive.)
- Understand that there is usually more than one set of rules.
- Use your physical position in the classroom to help manage behaviour.
- Be fair.
- Refrain from comparing one student to another.
- Be comfortable with pauses, lulls and moments of silence.
- Be passionate about what you’re teaching. Bored teachers almost always have classroom management challenges.
- Say hello to students as they enter the room. Make valuable connections.
- Don’t interrupt on-task classes too many times.
- Seek and gain advice. Ask other teachers for their opinions and thoughts.
- Maintain a regular routine.
- Use gestures.
- Be disciplined with your words and actions.
- Intentionally create classroom culture.
- Make eye contact.
- Use humour.
- Genuinely care for students.
- Avoid the deadly mistake of trying too hard to get students to like you.
- Regularly remind students of rules and expectations.
- Please, please, please use your words carefully.
- Involve parents.
- Keep detailed and accurate records.
- Give clear instructions.
- Maintain students’ attention throughout the lesson.
- Be comfortable with noise. Noise isn’t always bad.
- Don’t yell.
- Take personal responsibility for everything that happens in your classroom.
- Avoid student confrontations. (Here is what I do)
- Insist on compliance. Every student must comply with your requests. Wait for them to do so.
- Pay attention to the pacing of your words and sentences.
- Use appropriate body language to reinforce expectations and guidelines.
- Give lavish encouragement for right behaviour.
- Structure your physical classroom layout in a way that supports good classroom management.
- Teach your students to be responsible problem solvers.
- Maintain your own personal levels of organisation.
- Start and finish your lessons on time.
- Remember the power of well-timed facial expressions.
- Avoid critical, judgmental, sarcastic and accusatory statements.
- Know your end goal for every lesson.
This week’s assignment:
Simply choose 5 strategies to try out in your classes this week.
Enjoy the journey,
And more importantly,
Enjoy the moments.
P.S. Make sure you check out ‘6 Deadly Classroom Management Mistakes’.
QUESTION: Let’s get this list to 100. What is your number one classroom management tip? You can leave your comments here.