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5 Ways Teachers Can Improve Their Classroom Management Skills


classroom management tipsGoogling “classroom management” will yield some 98,100,000 results. And if that isn’t evidence enough that teachers are craving classroom management advice, there is plenty of research that suggests the same thing.  So how can principals coach teachers to better handle resistant students and hone their classroom management skills? A recent article written by Mike Anderson offers several suggestions; we liked the article so much that we’ve boiled down a few of his ideas (and threw in a few of our own) to share with you—so you can share them with your teachers.

5 Ways Teachers Can Improve Their Classroom Management Skills

1. Hope is not a classroom management strategy
If we’re honest with ourselves, Hollywood creations like Dead Poet’s Society’s John Keating (Robin Williams) have probably helped construct the ways in which we conceive of the ideal teacher. Keating, a self-depreciating freedom fighter capable of liquefying any tin heart he touches, set the bar—and, boy, is it a tall one.

Sure, Keating had his problems, but we don’t recall any of his students kicking or swearing at him. So let’s just set the ideal classroom aside and work with what we’ve got. Resistant students are going to be a part of our lives…so why not simply embrace them? We can’t rely on hope alone to transform our classrooms, so why not start planning for a good challenge (just like we prepare our lesson plans) before the challenge arrives?

2. Make collaboration and mentoring a part of the culture
A semi-recent study (2007) found that beginning teachers often work 10 to 12-hour days creating lesson plans, grading, attending meetings and other extracurricular school events. This doesn’t even take into account the preparation and grading that happens on the weekends. Why 10-12 hour days? There are a number of explanations, but here’s something to ask yourself: Does our school support collaboration, mentoring and teacher development?  

The most effective teacher leaders are often those who work in schools that support team work and collaboration among colleagues. When principals put an emphasis on teamwork, foster continuing education, provide curriculum building workshops, etc., teachers are more likely to grow, relax and collaborate.

3. Role play or practice classroom management strategies
Teachers may intend to react to a disruptive student in a well-measured way, but that can go out the window in an instant. It’s one thing to read about classroom management in a book and another to experience misbehavior or disruption firsthand. We improve through practice and mimicry. Why not have teachers role play hypothetical classroom management experiences with a mentor or colleague?

4. Save your energy and let technology do the talking for you
If students are particularly rambunctious, there’s no need to strain your voice or get frustrated. Give some of these sly, low-energy maneuvers a try:

  • Quietly walk over to the light switch and flick them on and off
  • Walk over to your computer, click on your Spotify app and slowly turn up the volume on, oh, how about Chopin’s “Nocturne for Piano, No. 8 in D flat Major.” This will silence them.
  • Pull out an object that is associated with the lesson, hold it up and start looking at it. Ask your students to tell you what they see; then ask them why you brought it.

5. Know when enough is enough
So you’ve verbalized and modeled clear expectations; you tried being assertive rather than antagonistic; you spoke with the student after class like we suggested in a recent classroom management blog? It didn’t work? When all else fails, swallow your pride and kindly ask the student to sit outside of the room or head to the office. As Mike Anderson suggests, we need to debunk the myth that “good teachers should be able to handle student meltdowns by themselves.” This simply isn’t true.


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As a primary school teacher in the UK I can well identify with your article. 
In the later years of my career I have come to find the Job increasingly difficult and management of modern primary classes a challenge. 
I can particularity identify with your 5th point about technology - it is an area I really need to improve in, especially IT. 
Enjoyed the article and will mention it to some of my colleagues. 
Posted @ Tuesday, July 02, 2013 7:06 AM by Linda Stevens
Thank you for reading and commenting, Linda. We're glad you found the article helpful!
Posted @ Tuesday, July 02, 2013 8:10 AM by The OnlineGrad Team
I agree with the technology as a tool for effective classroom management. Students are becoming more active in classroom discussion when it is collaborated with technology. You can see changes in teachers and students roles. Teachers are not anymore the only person to carry out lessons because students can also do it by means of devices and internet. This way, managing the class will be easier.
Posted @ Friday, August 30, 2013 12:07 AM by Madeleine Carr
Thanks for reading, Madeline. We appreciate it.
Posted @ Tuesday, September 10, 2013 8:51 AM by Ryan O'Rourke
The everyday challenges of teaching and classroom management can be stressful. Time management is more important through almost all aspects of teaching such as organizing the classroom, organizing the day, deciding how often to teach various subjects, etc. 
Teachers should able to create a ideal situation in the class for safe atmosphere, in which students can ask, create, respond and change, all within the allotted time for the class. The teacher who learns how to do all of that within the time allotted, it is also possible when they start to use any good time management application. 
For personal time management purpose, I have been using Replicon's ( employee time card ) software. I must say that I haven’t seen such an excellent tool in my career. It is a great tool to save time as we can do things almost instantaneously.
Posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 1:38 AM by Lydia.aram
I agree with the technology as a tool for effective classroom management. Students are becoming more active in classroom discussion when it is collaborated with technology.
Posted @ Sunday, March 30, 2014 4:26 PM by Unblocked Games at School
Thanks for the sharing these tips with us to improve classroom management. Management is key point for the success of any organization. Keep sharing more useful tips with us.
Posted @ Saturday, June 21, 2014 4:36 AM by Pianos for Sale
One of tmy ultimate dream is becoming a teacher, I know that it's a bit hard but as early as now I am reading articles and when write my essay on how interested I am to be a teacher. Just like now, reading your article just gives me enough room of improvement and guides on how I should do well on it. I may have that simple dream but I want to really give my best on it.
Posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 4:16 AM by Sophia Bushers
Thanks for sharing such a nice information. There are various things which a teacher can manage in their classroom. Managing a class is one of the objectives of a teacher. Only an experience teacher better handles the classroom and manage all things properly.
Posted @ Monday, November 03, 2014 5:44 AM by Objective of Teacher
such a great post. every teacher should follow these tips
Posted @ Saturday, January 24, 2015 11:33 AM by Techshoutme
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