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Classroom Management


Effective Communication: Effective communication between teachers and students has the potential to improve the learning experience and create a positive environment in the classroom. Many times, teachers fail to create engaging lessons and struggle to connect with their students, which lead to poor communication or making some classroom interactions feel awkward or forced.

  1. When you enter into the class, greet all the members with your usual style, but with a touch of smile.
  2. Give equal priority to them and maintain equal eye contact throughout your session.
  3. If you want to address anybody during the session, address politely and make him/her comfortable and encourage the student to ask again if any doubt arises.
  4. Welcome the suggestions from whom you are teaching.
Look and act professionally: If you want your students to take you seriously, it’s important to look and act professional. Appearing too casual may make your students doubt your authority. Although you should maintain professionalism, you don’t need to be completely inaccessible to students. You can reveal things about yourself that give you more of a human dimension, so that students understand where you’re coming from.  

Have a good sense of humor: Having a good sense of humor can help you engage students, make the material more lively, and make it easier for them to relate to you. The fact of the matter is, if you're serious 100% of the time, it'll be much harder for them to care and to really connect with you. Though you don't have to be a goofball, joking around every chance you get, if you create a more fun environment for your students, they will likely be more motivated and eager to learn. 

Remain calm:
 Keeping a level head is the best thing you can do in a conflict situation. Do not show negative or angry emotions to students. Instead, stay calm and collected. Talk in a normal voice.
It may help to take a couple of deep breaths to calm yourself down.  

Encourage lively class discussion:
 If you lecture all the time, students are likely to zone out. If you want to keep students motivated to learn and keep them on their toes, then you have to facilitate meaningful class discussions throughout your class. Ask questions, not of the class, but of each student directly, calling each one out by name. The fact of the matter is, no student wants to be called on without knowing the answer to the question, and if the students know this is a possibility, they will be prepared with an answer throughout the class.

Give helpful feedback: If you want to motivate students, then your feedback has to be thorough, clear, and meaningful. If they see what their strengths are and where they can improve, they will be much more motivated to learn than they would if all they got on their assignments was a written grade and a sentence of inscrutable feedback. Take the time to let them see that you really care about their success and that you would love to help them improve.

Encourage your students to encourage each other:
 Positive reinforcement doesn’t have to come from you alone! Tell your students to complement one another when they notice positive behaviors. You can also incorporate peer feedback into your classroom.
For instance, ask students to give feedback on another student’s presentation.  

Inspire students by introducing activities that relate to them: Incorporate popular culture, relevant news, and interesting or provocative themes into your curriculum. These are the things that students are comfortable and familiar with, so they will be more inclined to pay attention. Read the news and pay attention to what your students are talking about before and after class. There may be a way to connect a celebrity scandal to a topic you are trying to teach if you think creatively enough.

Make eye contact: Look at your student’s eyes. Are they dull and unfocused? Are they focused at a point on the floor, ceiling, or wall? If so, the student is likely not paying attention. Similarly, if a student appears alert and keeps their eyes on you as you move around the room, you can be assured that they are paying attention.

Be an effective monitor of students' behavior: This is because it will put pressure on students to comply with the classroom rules and procedures since they know they are being watched. This strategy is a preventative strategy, meaning that it will help prevent negative behavior from occurring. Intervene immediately if one student is bothering or bullying another. Students may act out if they feel that you aren't paying enough attention to them.  

Give a quiet signal if they are acting inappropriately:
 Move closer to the student or making eye contact directly with the student and use a signal such as a finger to the lips to signal to be quiet or to shake one's head back and forth. This strategy is effective because it avoids confronting the student in front of the whole class abruptly while still providing a reminder for that student to get back on task.

Thank the students who are behaving well. For example, "Thank you for getting out your books so quickly." The students will self-evaluate whether they are doing this or not, and the ones who aren't may decide that they should do so.