It’s no secret that children are naughty. But, it’s also no secret that good classroom management can help keep your classroom in check. As a teacher, you have to maintain a friendly yet disciplined classroom. After all, young students tend to learn from their fellow classmates and teachers need to keep a strict check that they learn only the good things.
Naughty children may also create difficulties in achieving learning goals. They may do certain things aor say certain things that hampers the attention of the class and delay the completion of a lesson. Hence, you need to ensure that you are aware of those naughty little ones and help them overcome their overenthusiasm and behave according to the decorum of the classroom.
Here are some tips that can help while managing naughty children in a classroom:
You need to be firm, but not mean or overly strict. By firmness here, we mean that you need to communicate clearly and sternly the learning goals of the day. You also need to tell them how causing delay in the learning will impact everyone, including the other children and you as well.
Be consistent in your classroom management and discipline approach. If you want them to respect you and listen, then they’ll have no choice but to do just that. You can do this by practising a fixed set of behaviour in case someone is breaking the decorum of the classroom. So, make sure the rewards and punishments that you choose remain consistent.
Communicate with the student’s family
It is important to communicate with parents and guardians, as they will be a resource of information on how to manage their child’s behaviour in school. You should provide them a copy of your behaviour plan, ask them to talk to their child about their behaviour and suggest they speak with him or her about it.
You may also offer suggestions for how the student can improve their behaviour such as asking them to help you find out what is causing this issue so that we can work together on an effective solution.
Provide a positive example
Be a good role model. Be positive and enthusiastic while entering the classroom. Show how achieving learning goals can be a very rewarding experience. Communicate that you are interested in the student’s success by being enthusiastic about your subject, and the class.
Talk with the student privately
Whenever there is a disciplinary issue, make sure to talk to the student privately. Explain why it is important for them to be respectful of others. Ask the student what they think might help them behave better. Conclude by telling the student that you are available if they have any questions, or if there are any other issues that need addressing
Understand that students have different learning styles and different personalities. Be flexible with the methods of teaching so they can learn in their own way, at their own pace and level of ability.
Be available to help
Listen to the student. Be encouraging and supportive, by trying to understand the root of the behaviour. Ask them to analyse their actions and tell you what made them think and act in an unruly way. Encourage the student to acknowledge that positive behavioural changes are rewarding and helps everyone grow. Tell the student to come up with their ideas on what needs to change and ask you for help whenever needed.
Build good relationships with students
Being friendly is the first thing you need to do when dealing with students in your classroom. It’s important that they feel comfortable around you, so they will want to work hard for their grades and be interested in learning new things from you.
If a student has a problem, give them an ear if possible rather than ignoring it! Try being patient with every student who comes into class or even just walking past them on their way out of class—you could say something like “Good morning” or “Have a good day!”
This shows that even though this person may have been rude or annoying at some point earlier on in life (like when we were younger), now that we’re older we can afford to be more forgiving towards others’ actions because we understand where everyone comes from: it wasn’t always easy growing up either.
Involve the student in classroom decision making
Involving students in classroom decision making is an important part of managing naughty kids. Giving students a voice in the process will help them feel more empowered and involved, which can lead to greater cooperation and compliance with rules. This is especially true if you allow your students to make their own choices about what behaviours are acceptable or unacceptable at school. You should also consider giving them the opportunity for input on other aspects of class management, such as when recess should take place or what time lunch should start each day.
It’s important not only that they participate in these discussions but also that they feel invested in the outcome of those decisions—which means letting them know which options are available before voting occurs.
Assign the student a “buddy”
Assigning a “buddy” is an excellent way to help naughty kids in class. Make sure the buddy is someone the student trusts. The buddy should be someone who can help the student with their work, or talk to them about their behaviour.
Work with the parents
Encourage the parents to help their child to develop good classroom management by informing them of the rules and consequences of breaking them. You can also share how parents can help the child with homework and any learning difficulties that they may have.
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Managing a classroom is always a challenging task. It becomes even more difficult when you have students that are difficult to control. However, with the right strategies and conversations, it will be easy to win them over.
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