Five Classroom Strategy Techniques for Effective Teaching

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As any teacher knows, employing effective classroom management strategies is important for controlling a group of students and maintaining one's sanity. Regardless of what you are teaching or who you are teaching, proper classroom management techniques are designed to help you – the teacher – maintain control over the students so they all have the opportunity to learn in a conducive environment. Just remember that you may need to use more than one strategy because different students respond to different techniques.

Keep Moving Forward
One effective classroom management strategy is to remember to keep the lesson moving along. Students can sense when things are at a standstill and this makes many of them restless. If you do not keep the lesson moving forward, they will look for other ways to keep themselves entertained. If you have a 45-minute lesson planned, break it up into three or more sections with an activity in each section so the students are constantly being stimulated.

Notice Your Students
Being a good and effective teacher does not only take place in the classroom. When you see your students in other places, talk to them. It never hurts to say "Hi" to a student you are passing in the hall or if you accidentally bump into them at the grocery store. Also, notice any accomplishments that they have achieved. If one of them makes the winning touchdown at the football game, be sure to congratulate them for it when you see them.

Minimize Lecturing
Although lecturing is one of the most common ways of teaching, students tend to "zone out" after awhile. Look for more active and hands-on strategies for teaching them. The more senses they can use during the learning process, the more they will retain of each lesson. If you must lecture, look for ways to make the lecture interesting. Incorporate some jokes that go along with the lesson you are teaching and think of ways to bring explanations down to the students' levels so they can better understand it.

Recognize Bad Behavior
Instead of letting students talk, pass notes or participate in other disrupting activities, stand next to them as you teach. When you are standing next to the students, you send them a message that you have seen them be disruptive and you will not tolerate it. They are less likely to do anything disruptive while you are standing by them.

Confront the Student in Private
If one of your students continues to be disruptive after employing these strategies, take them out to the hall or talk to them after class. Many times, they are just being disruptive because something troubling happened at home or they are having some other issues. When you show concern for what is happening in their life, they are less likely to continue to disrupt the class.

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