I am consistent, fair, kind and firm in my classroom management.
In order to help students develop self-control and prevent inappropriate behaviors, I develop a set of rules at the beginning of the year with my students for everyone to abide by. Together, with my guidance, we come up with no more than 5 rules. Some examples of rules are- respecting self and others, keeping hands to self, raising hands, keep the classroom clean, and do your best. Throughout the year, I will remind students periodically of our classroom rules so they know at all times how to behave.
To gain my students attention I clap in a random pattern and students must repeat. I will repeat the clapping with different patterns until I have all of the student’s attention. This is a fun way for students to know when to stop what they are doing and listen to the teacher for directions.
I strongly believe in positive reinforcement. Children naturally want to please teachers and respond well when complimented. I actively seek out students who are behaving correctly and praise them in front of their peers. This helps develop student’s self-confidence and encourages others to follow. For example, if a student is talking out of turn, instead of reprimanding the student, I might compliment a student next to him/her for being a good listener.
Classroom reward systems help to motivate students in both their behavior and learning. I have a marble jar and when the class as a whole or an individual student exhibits positive appropriate behavior, I drop a marble in the jar. When the jar is filled it is time for students to collect their reward. This can be anything that would excite the students; a pizza lunch, movie day or trip to the park are just a few examples of student rewards.
In the classroom, I remain calm and respectful at all times. However, if a student is not adhering to the rules of the classroom I will single them out and tell them in a firm voice to stop the specific behavior. If the student continues to misbehave, they will receive a verbal warning. If the behavior continues after a warning, I start to take minutes off of their recess time. This generally rectifies the behavior and helps the student to refocus his/her attention.
For students who might have a difficult time adhering to the rules on a regular basis, I will conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment followed by a Behavioral intervention plan created specifically for the student to help keep them on track. An example of an intervention is behavior charts. These are a great way to motivate students to stay on track as well as allow them to see the progress they make on a daily or weekly basis.
It is my duty to provide a caring environment, strong leadership, firm guidance and model the behavior I expect from my students. This, in addition to the positive reinforcements will ensure a safe and nurturing environment for students to learn in.