ChildSense’s Tips for Getting More Time to Teach

1. Think before you act. A teacher’s response to student misbehavior can sometimes be more disruptive than the students’ behavior

2. Do what you say. Teachers sometimes struggle with holding students responsible for their own behaviors. They may believe that by giving students another chance they can improve the student-teacher relationship. Unfortunately this usually just confuses students. The student-teacher relationship is actually strengthened when teachers do what they say they are going to do and respectfully hold students accountable for their behaviors.

3. Respond to the behavior, not the child. Tired of students complaining “that’s not fair?” By learning how to respond to the behavior and not the child, teachers can avoid the fairness game.

4. Predictability breeds good behavior. Effective classroom management is founded on predictability. Students need to know what the TEACHER is going to do when they misbehave so they only need to think about what THEY are going to do.

5. Give kids a choice. When misbehaving students are offered reasonable choices, it causes them to THINK about what they are going to do instead of just REACTING to the teacher.


September 8, 2008. Uncategorized. 3 comments.