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Classroom Discipline Tips for Teachers

Updated on June 23, 2015

5 Tips for Classroom Discipline

Unfortunately, teachers get very little help in college and teacher prep classes about discipline. And yet, classroom discipline is probably the first thing a teacher really needs to get down. Pairing up with another veteran teacher can be a good idea. But implementation of someone else's ideas can be tough. That's what you will need to work on. Finding out what works and what does not work. It is really on the job training. There are a few concepts to all good discipline plans. These you should try to implement in your classroom first.

Remember this!

It can only get better.

If you are a new teacher, the first week of school may be rough. Remember that it will not always be like this. Things will get better. In time, you will have the skill and knowledge to make classroom discipline second nature. Soon you could be the one others look to for help. Hang in there!

Most Discipline Problems are Small

Don't sweat the small stuff.

99% of classroom disruptions will be very minor. The key is to not make a federal case out of of these instances. The more you have experience as a teacher, the more these will go away. Most often, just a stern look or calling the students name is enough.

Never stop teaching and learning to take time to deal with something minor. It is counter productive. Acknowledge the action, but move on quickly. The more your students know that your buttons cannot be pushed by little things, the sooner they will stop.

These are just examples of minor things: whispering, talking, not paying attention, etc. You should be able to quickly decide what is minor.

Firm, but Fair

Demand respect, but be fair and balanced.

If your students have the feeling that you are fair and reasonable, they will be less likely to fight you on classroom behavior issue. Again, this will take time. You need to create a positive classroom. By doing so, your students will most likely choose your classroom to not misbehave in.

If you have the attitude as a dictator, you will be challenged. There will be no winners, only losers. You will be dealing with issues daily. And what teaching and learning is going to get done?

Don't Confront Students

At least not in front of the whole class.

Confrontational students will be rare. But you may contribute to it. if you continue to make a big deal out of minor things, students will challenge you. This is especially true of older students. It goes back to the fairness issue. If you confront a student in front of the class, the class will lose all respect for you. You will never get a handle on the class again. Better to see the student, alone, in the hall or elsewhere on the school grounds. Sometimes you can actually work things out quite easily. But, you need to get help from the office if the situation warrants it. Your job is to keep it from escalating.

Don't Scream and Yell

You will get into a shouting match.

Yelling and screaming will never solve a thing. Never even raise your voice. In fact, before saying anything, you should pause a few seconds. This may get the problem to die down. Most times it does. That's your goal. Not escalating a situation higher, but lowering it.

Keep Your Students Busy

A busy student is not causing problems

Keeping students busy is one of the most effective ways to better your classroom discipline. A student working is not misbehaving. You need to realize that you do not need to have a quiet class. Let your students interact, discover, and discuss.

NEVER run out of things for your students to do! You must have more than enough planned for a class period. If you don't, you will have a classroom full of students with nothing to do but act out. Avoid this!

The Practical Guide to Better Classroom Teaching: Real-world Teacher Tips for Smoother Classrooms

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      Teacher tips can help parents and grandparents too - don't sweat the small stuff!

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      A sense of humor always helps, nice tips for teachers :)

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