9 Tips to Better Classroom Management
A day in the life of a teacher is all about juggling between so many different activities; teaching, monitoring the class, checking homework, conducting exams, grading them, communicating with the parents, preparing lessons and so much more!
But one of the most challenging and overlooked one is managing the classroom! With effective classroom management techniques, teachers can ensure maximum learning and minimal disruptions.
What strategies can teachers employ for a better classroom management?
1. Have engaging classes and discussionsIt is very usual for students to be distracted when the class they are attending seems to be very monotonous and boring. Hence it is very essential for the teachers to think out of the box to create an interesting learning environment for the students. They could make use of technology and screen pictures and videos relate to the lessons, podcasts, online presentations, conduct quizzes, have discussions etc. It is also very important to encourage questions from students. All these can help to keep them occupied, thereby minimizing distractions and disruptions to increase the learning potential of a classroom.
2. Being prepared“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail!”Just as a student is expected to do the homework, teachers are also expected to plan and prepare their lessons for the day. It is important that teachers come fully prepared on what and how they are going to teach a class the particular lesson. Students also respect the fact that the teacher has shown enough care to ensure their learning. Often at times, this does not happen and the productivity and learning potential of students are thwarted.
3. Build relationshipsBuilding positive and quality relationships with students is an essential component to having a good classroom environment as well as academic success. This helps to instill in students a confidence that they can approach their teachers for anything and also the fact that they are getting individual attention.
It is also crucial that teachers welcome feedbacks from students in their methods of teaching, classroom activities etc. Another factor to be ensured is that teachers stay connected with parents, not just to let them know about their child’s examination results but communicate regularly with them about their ward’s progress, student development activities, and also include them in projects that involve both students and parents.
4. Encourage group projectsGroup projects and assignments are a great way to bring students together. This is especially helpful in creating a bond and sense of teamwork among children from a very early stage. These activities can aid in inculcating leadership skills and teambuilding, as well as to develop mutual respect and better relations. They can also help to create accountability and responsibility among them.
5. Set boundaries and behaviour expectationsFrom the very beginning onwards, teachers should work towards setting the tone of a classroom. It is important that they let the students know about their expected classroom behaviour and the consequences if they don’t heed to it. Another great way is to involve students when setting up classroom guidelines. Most of the times, they are less likely to stray from the rules they helped set.
6. Reward & Celebrate hard work and achievementsJust as much as there are consequences for non adherence to rules, it is equally recommended that the hard work and success of students are celebrated since these can act as positive reinforcements. It motivates students to strive better and achieve more, thereby increasing student engagement and reducing distractions.
7. Effective Lesson PlansAs we spoke about the importance of a teacher being well prepared for a lesson, it is crucial to have organized and structured lesson plans. This ensures that there is no wastage of classroom time and teachers will have the opportunity to interact with students, clarify doubts and give them additional attention. Similarly, with lesson plans in place, setting up calendars for tests and examinations will be easy for teachers.
Online lesson planning and calendars with alerts for students, teachers and parents; online tests
8. Online gradingWith so many things to manage, most often teachers find it annoying when they have bundles of exams papers to carry home for grading. And to finish up before deadlines, they might even have to spend classroom hours grading papers, thereby compromising on the productivity of both teachers and students. Moreover, imagine filling up 35-50 score cards after each exam! Hence, it is best to employ online tests and quizzes to make the lives of teachers easy. Grading, totaling marks, communicating scores with students and parents will be hassle free.
9. Employing learning management softwareThe ultimate solution to a lot of troubles faced by teachers is employing a Learning Management software. It’s a great tool that can be used by teachers across different classrooms. With LMS in place, teachers can easily distribute learning resources to students online, students can upload assignments online which teachers can then download to grade them, help in communicating with parents, upload course materials and presentations, conduct online tests and quizzes, set up calendars with alerts to students, teachers and parents and so much more.
All these techniques are some of the most effective and simple ways to ensure better classroom management, thereby helping teachers to focus more on teaching and students to concentrate on maximizing their learning potential.