Classroom Organisation

Managing and building good relationships in class

Module 2

Classroom management

Consider adding these strategies to your behaviour management toolkit

Be aware of your body language

  • Try different ways of gaining attention eg. 5,4,3,2,1 and listen; teacher raises  hand  etc
  • Move around the room, giving individual praise  for quality work in progress etc
  • Give positive reward  stickers for pupils’ on task behaviour
  • Remember to give 3 positives to 1 negative comment. Give quiet words of encouragement
  • Avoid shouting, keep voice low when addressing individuals

Develop pupil support systems

  • Help each child to reach their potential
  • Give clear, direct instructions and ask pupils to repeat, if necessary
  • Try to refer to their successes, giving them the ‘feel good’ factor
  • Be prepared to show that you care about their well being
  • Maintain your concern and respect for individual pupils
  • Make time, out of lessons, to deal with issues
  • Be firm, fair and, above all, consistent
  • Be prepared to apply humour to defuse situations

Build mutual trust and respect

  • Avoid use of sarcasm, put downs  or criticism (of individuals or groups)
  • Listen attentively to what pupils are actually saying
  • Show each pupil that he/she is an important member of the class
  • Show pupils that you care and are prepared to act on issues that concern them
  • Show them that you can solve problems by talking through issues
  • Make sure the majority do not feel punished or reprimanded for the inappropriate behaviour of an individual or minority

Give them responsibility

  • Use the Language of Choice eg. allow them to make  decisions
  • Give them classroom duties to perform  through the day/week
  • Show them that you trust them to do jobs by themselves at break times etc