Classroom Management Approaches
Students sometimes misbehave, engaging in activities such as noise making and play fighting that disrupt the classroom. Educators need ways to discipline students in a way that will encourage long-term good behavior. However, educators tend to use the same kinds of discipline techniques even when students have unique problems. Here are some ideas on how to choose the most appropriate strategy for managing your class.
* One way to encourage good student behavior is through a system of rewards. Educators sometimes have access to resources, such as toys and snacks, that can serve as rewards for certain kinds of behavior. This form of discipline reinforces good behavior more effectively than punishments. The reward system works the best for students who have a self-serving ...view middle of the document...
Acting Out Students
* Some students frequently act out when they are not constantly managed. These students usually need persistent disciplining to keep them in line. Unfortunately, this extra attention might encourage other students seeking attention to also engage in this poor behavior. This method works the best for students who are constantly challenging authority.
* Educators should not always discipline kids in heavy-handed ways because this can sometimes cause these students to either become withdrawn or develop resentment and start acting out. These kinds of students usually want to please the educator, but sometimes forget some of the rules. When this happens, they simply need a reminder. Also, some of the most well-behaving students often resent when class time is spent disciplining other students because they want more help with their studies and get bored.
* Since educators sometimes use different discipline methods for different students, other students might find this to be unfair. Therefore, educators should emphasize that good student behavior can build up trust in relationships, which can lead to less conflict.
* Educators should understand that students can behave differently in group situations than individually. In group situations, some students try to show off to their peers and might become less compliant than they are on an individual basis. Therefore, educators might have the most progress when working with the student face-to-face.
* Students who seek out attention actually need that attention for emotional reasons. If educators can provide these students with attention in a positive way, they can reduce bad behavior by meeting the need. For example, an educator can include more projects that allow students to present projects and information to the rest of the class.