They must cover every possible disruption, interruption and misbehaviour — and there should be no misunderstanding regarding what constitutes breaking them. Define each rule explicitly during the first few days at a school. Modelling is key here; show your students examples of the precise behaviours that transgress your rules. Consequences hold students to account without having to lecture or berate them. Maintaining a positive relationship is crucial in reaching and inspiring your students to mature socially and academically. Walk your class through the steps of misbehaving, from initial warning to parent contact.
This way, there are no surprises, no arguments and no anger when it goes wrong. This prompts the offending student to reflect on their misbehaviour, take responsibility for it and vow to never do it again. Inconsistency is the fastest way to lose control of your class.
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The key to consistency is to continually remind yourself that your very success depends on it. When you witness a transgression of your rules, your response should be automatic, even robot-like. Simply approach the misbehaving student, tell them what rule was broken and the consequence, and then turn and walk away. Routines are the lifeblood of a well-run classroom.
They save time, keep students focused on learning and reduce misbehaviour. Anything and everything you do repeatedly — such as lining up for lunch, turning in work or circling into groups — should be made into a routine. The key is to teach children in a detailed way. After checking for understanding, choose a student as a model then practise as a class until perfected. If there is a secret to classroom management, this is it.
When your students are happy, engaged and look forward to your class, you have powerful leverage to curb misbehaviour because your consequences mean something to them. It is this combination of fun and accountability that will transform even the most difficult students. Be yourself and never be afraid to show your personality.
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