When you teach a classroom full of students on a regular basis, it is important to maintain classroom discipline and structure to ensure the students are learning and also respecting you are their teacher and authority figure while in the classroom. It is important to keep behavior under control in a classroom to help with encouraging positive attitudes and behavior rather than focusing on disruptive behavior or students throughout each day.
Teaching requires plenty of focus and dedication to understanding your students and their needs. Keeping students from disrupting the classroom to help you maintain classroom discipline is possible by using a variety of methods depending on your resources and the type of classroom you are in.
Using Seating Assignments to Help Reduce Classroom Chaos
Various studies have shown that separating seats in your classroom and creating seating charts helps to improve classroom achievement overall along with maintaining better grades and happier students as well. Seating charts help to place students in either groups or in sections of the classroom that will help to keep them from chatting with one another, forming cliques or other types of groups that can segregate other students from each other.
Making a seating chart or assignment is possible by drawing one out using the desks in the classroom and a sheet of paper to create squares that represent each student you have in each class. There are also free online seating arrangement templates to download for teachers of all grade levels and with various numbers of students in each of the classroom, for plenty of layouts to choose from when planning your own charts for your room.
Other Methods to Maintain Classroom Discipline
Getting personal with each one of your classroom’s students upon entering the room allows you to gain respect and to also give mutual respect back, helping to decrease classroom chaos or rude interruptions that you might experience otherwise.
Always gain the students’ full attention before you begin talking about the lesson plans for the day to ensure that they are only listening to you and not carrying on with their own conversations between one another. Exhibit behavior you approve of and be the model citizen you strive for your students to be at all times. Be polite and courtesy to students while always taking time to listen to each one of them individually to show respect and that you care about their future, education, and well-being.
Move around while speaking about subjects and presenting material. This helps to maintain classroom discipline and to keep students interested and focused on you, as you are no longer in the predictable position of the “front of the classroom”. This also helps to engage students, keeping them more focused on the lesson at hand rather than their own conversations or additional homework.
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