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What Are the Best Tips for Managing Classroom Behavior?

Putting a stop to negative behavior is an important step in managing a classroom.
Teachers can help manage classroom behavior by making sure everyone knows the rules and encouraging a positive dynamic.
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  • Written By: Lauren Romano
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  • Last Modified Date: 15 November 2014
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Teachers undoubtedly have a rewarding but difficult profession, and the more well-behaved the students are in the classroom, the easier it is for teachers to do their jobs. Managing classroom behavior through various measures, including preventing negative behavior and leading by example, can encourage a better learning environment. It can also help the classroom be a place where kids enjoy being well-behaved and respectful, especially when it means they receive positive feedback for their good actions.

One way of managing classroom behavior is to delegate duties to the students. When each student has a specific job, whether it's handing out papers, collecting homework or keeping an area clutter-free, they typically feel like they're relevant and a part of something important — having self-worth is a large contributing factor for good behavior. It's also an excellent way to encourage students to take responsibility for their actions as well as for tasks they're assigned to do.

In order to manage classroom behavior, teachers need to put a stop to negative behavior from the very first instance of it. For example, if a student starts talking without first requesting permission, teachers should state the rules and explain that when the rules are followed that's when they'll get better results. It shows the students that not following the rules simply isn't acceptable and the way to get a positive response is by doing things the proper way.

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Part of managing classroom behavior is teaching the children to have manners and respect for themselves and others. Telling them how to go about it is one method, but an additional way is to be a positive example. Teachers should say please, thank you and excuse me constantly, not just to the students but to others they talk to in the presence of the kids. Students will see it's not just something to talk about, but to do as well.

Almost everyone loves to hear positive remarks, compliments and praise. Commending positive actions instead of just pointing out negative ones will encourage the students to strive for good feedback, which means better behavior in the classroom. Other than verbal remarks, teachers can consider personal notes on students' papers and small special rewards, such as being able to skip homework for a night.

Managing classroom behavior doesn't mean choosing to be either stern or cheerful — a mix of both, depending on the circumstances, can create a positive balance. Kids appreciate structure and rules, even if they don't always abide by them. Implementing those rules, combined with positive reinforcement, can create a much better environment for both the teacher and students.

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