Let's get PROACTIVE!
Teacher and Peer Relationships, Think POSITIVE!
Managing a classroom can be much more efficient than discipline. Going over class norms every day can also help out by keeping the information fresh in their minds. You want to make sure your students have a sense of belonging and understanding in the classroom. The main goal is to create a safe environment for them! You are constantly working on building a relationship with your students. The better the relationship the more effective your teaching will be! Here are a few tips on how to be proactive in the classroom while building that bond.
Greet students at the door: It is important because it will show my students that I am present with them and I truly care about their wellbeing. To me, it's like a mini check-in, this way I can quickly gauge each student’s emotions coming into the class and adjust my teaching from there.
Establish, Maintain, and Restore relationships: This is important because if you do not have a good relationship with a student you may not be able to reach them academically. The better your relationship the better it is to not only understand the student but to help them thrive in their learning.
Optimize classroom seating: As said in the article below assigned seating, especially in the beginning can help set expectations and avoid unnecessary issues later. It is always good to allow students at some points during the day to choose their own seating for activities as a privilege. If they abuse that privilege, they can simply move back into their assigned desk
Use reminders and cues: Setting the tone for the day by going over the norms is a good reminder for students on what’s expected. Using different cues like hand motions, a bell or a rain stick can help remind students what they are supposed to be doing. I personally would like a rain stick to use when the class gets too loud.
Behavior specific praise: Instead of saying “stop ____” or “don’t ____” you use phrases like “Thank you for entering quietly” or “Good job putting away papers neatly.”
Set clear expectations: Class norms and what they mean! Start from day one and establish these the first week! If expectations are not met and need consequences they also need to be clear as well.
Actively supervise: Walking around the classroom and engaging with students as you go by.
Be consistent in applying rules: The rules and consequences apply to everyone. If those rules are broken there needs to be an acceptable consequence for any student that breaks them.