How to tackle students in a class?
- Apr 07, 2015
What comes to your mind when you think about a classroom? When you hear the term classroom, you immediately visualize two scenes: the teacher writing on the blackboard and students chatting away! I know that teachers really crave for a peaceful classroom where students are working on their assignments in complete silence. But is that really possible?
Of course it is possible, but only if you know how to manage a classroom effectively. A classroom comprises different types of students, belonging to diverse cultural backgrounds. In such a circumstance, each of them harbors different tastes as well as varying levels of understanding. Therefore, teachers must motivate students to respect their diversity and cooperate with one another to reach a common goal: academic success. They must customize their lessons in such a way that it captures the attention of students and makes them interested to learn more.
And once you awaken their curiosity, you would find it easier to control your students as they would be eager to know the unknown. Smart teachers try to accomplish this task from the very first day – by enforcing discipline in the classroom. If you want to know how this can be done, continue reading to find out how to tackle students in a class:
- Inform your students: First of all, you must let your students know about the rules and regulations of your class. Declare all kinds of rules before you begin your class. However, if your students continue chatting or disobeying your instructions, warn them of the consequences. Tell them about the punishments that they would have to suffer if they continue to disturb the class.
- Identify the root cause of their conduct: If your students misbehave in the class, ask them the reason for their misconduct. For instance, if a student who is normally calm suddenly starts displaying aggression, show your concern for that student. Chances are that he might be facing issues with peer pressure or might even be having problems at home. Some of them might be victims of depression too.
- Involve parents: Parents are the best people who can inspire students! So try your best to involve parents in the classroom once you find it tough to handle disruptions. Schedule meetings with them whenever it is possible for you do so with the prior approval of the school principal. You can speak to parents about the disciplinary issues of learners and discuss ways in which these problems can be solved.
- Plan to deal with offenders: You must be ready with a proper plan to deal with students who keep on repeating their misbehavior. A clever way to tackle such pupils is to arrange for a counselor who meets students at school once a week. If the counselor addresses the problems of students, their behavior would normalize very soon. Also, make sure that the parents of your students know about such plans.
- Be patient: Next, try not to lose your cool with your pupils. I agree it might be tough to remain calm when students continue getting out of their desks or chatting but you must try and control your anger. Remember that some students would always act a bit rebellious and try to break rules. However, make the rules clear to them and report any deviations to the principal.
- Appreciate students: A little bit of appreciation can go a long way in inspiring students to behave in a more responsible manner in classrooms. Therefore, always make it a point to compliment them when they display signs of progress or maintain discipline inside the school premises. This is a thumb rule that is always followed by successful teachers and it really works.
- Try the peer-tutor technique: Have you ever tried using the peer-tutor technique inside classrooms? This implies making students teach their fellow classmates about any topic or idea. It gives you feedback on your lectures and also enables students to understand their lessons better. And once they can follow whatever you teach them, they would start paying attention in your sessions.
Besides these, I have one more tip for you: use your sense of humor while interacting with your students. It instantly energizes students and helps them relate to you. You can also organize classroom quiz sessions to motivate students to learn faster!
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