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Classroom management techniques that every teacher aims to have

By April C. Barbosa

It is the duty and responsibility of the teachers to ensure that the pupils are leaning in the four corners of their classroom. It is too simple to emphasize how vital it is for children to be able to write their own names, understand numbers and how to solve mathematical problems, as well as read and analyze many types of stories in any language. However, it can be challenging to imagine how they might genuinely complete those tasks with such confidence and competence.

Because of this, teachers need to be able to learn about classroom management. According to Oxford Bibliographies, classroom management refers to the strategies teachers use in the classroom to create and maintain a setting that fosters students’ academic success as well as their social, emotional, and moral development. In December 2021, Prodigy published an article called 20 Classroom Management Strategies and Techniques which contains simple and efficient classroom management strategies that teachers can use on their own. These strategies help improve students’ pro-social conduct and academic engagement, creating a calm learning atmosphere. However, I will just discuss five of them in this piece because I think they have handled my classroom the best for years now.

First in the line is offering praises. According to a recent analysis and assessment of the literature, giving kids praise for a job well done actually enhances their conduct and academic achievement. It is when you congratulate your learner every time they complete their seatwork and assignments on time, receive perfect scores on quizzes and exams, or even just when they are able to read a story with few mistakes and pauses. Make sure that the classroom is always a secure and caring environment where students can develop good habits and cultivate their character. Additionally, if they are able to take in your positivism, that is also what is going to radiate from them to the people around them.

Second is the use of EdTech that adjusts to each student. It is well known that not all pupils learn quickly and that some of them require a different approach in order to truly hold their interest long enough to pay attention to the teacher and learn. For some of these students, educational technology is necessary to support their learning. The use of adaptive learning principles in currently accessible games and platforms, both online and off, helps target the skill deficiencies of the learners and provides solutions for and ways to remedy them. The students are drawn to these interactive games because they provide a learning experience that is very different from the conventional methods of teaching that employ chalk, blackboards, and textbooks. This classroom management is made more possible by the transition of school from face-to-face to modular and online classes — which has later on ended up with blended learning — due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next one comes with encouraging initiative. Given how straightforward it is, this is one of my favorite classroom management techniques. By doing this, you are essentially letting your students perform duties as volunteers while accomplishing almost nothing themselves. By letting students work ahead and provide quick presentations to communicate key takeaways, you may encourage a growth attitude and add diversity to your lectures. You’ll probably have a few eager students in your class, it’s almost given. This can be demonstrated by reading a text aloud while in the front of the classroom. One of the students is given the opportunity to read the first paragraph aloud in class when you have finished. By doing this, you give the impression that other pupils want to follow your example, and by the time they do, they will be willing to offer to read the next few paragraphs. Take this opportunity as well to assess who among the class can read better and spot at the same time, if who among them cannot yet. This gives you another way to think of the next actions to address it.

And then there is the use of non-verbal communication. Many differentiated instruction approaches and practices, according to Prodigy, have their roots in these communication techniques. Simply put, this is when you support your spoken words with deeds and visual aids to enhance content delivery and aid pupils in concentrating on and processing information. You can utilize a variety of resources, including visual aids, info graphics, and counting objects like coins, while you teach your classes in an effort to support the kids’ proper learning. Make sure your students are accustomed to this type of approach because many of my colleagues do so, which is evidence that it is successful at helping teachers deliver lessons that are in line with their students’ capacity for learning.

Finally, the fifth and the most important of all to me, is modeling ideal behavior. The best role models for the pupils should be us teachers, just like for parents. We are their second parents, thus we should be the ones to model appropriate behavior for them at school. We ought to be the ones to demonstrate for them the finest ways to respond to multiple situations. And just like what Prodigy has provided in their article, using polite language, maintaining eye contact, keeping phones in your pockets, letting one another speak uninterrupted, and raising concerns about one another’s statements in a respectful manner are some of the best examples as to how to do this classroom management strategy.

In conclusion, there are a ton of classroom management strategies that we instructors can use. These techniques safeguard the students’ moral character and capacity for learning in the classroom while also demonstrating professionalism and dedication to the task at hand. As a teacher, we have a tremendous potential to influence and convey knowledge on how students should spend their life. Much more fulfillment if it also leads to a positive teacher-parent relationship that fosters a community where people are aware of and respectful of one another. Because of the aforementioned methods of classroom management, I would say that my students, their parents, and I have had positive interactions and relationships with one another that makes classroom setting conducive and educative to everyone.


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