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Teachers’ Classroom Management Success Requires Consistency

Classroom Management Success Requires Consistency

Teachers’ classroom management success requires consistency in classroom procedures, discipline management, teaching style, and homework assignments.

Various teaching methods can be used in the classroom. Consistency is one of the best strategies. Reducing classroom disruptions should be one of your teaching goals.

Top Classroom Management Means Making a Discipline Plan

Teachers must be fair, consequences must be issued to the student immediately, and all students should be treated the same.

Some teachers tend to give in to students’ requests after only three attempts. Some stick it out for ten. Others are like broken slot machines and pay at different times, depending on their feelings. The trouble is, if they give in at all, they are reinforcing the behavior they don’t want to see through their inconsistencies.

This will teach the students that they usually get what they want if they keep pushing. They need to try and push until the wall goes over. And they will repeat this same basic technique in all manner of ways. They know, from experience, that as long as they keep battering away with the same request, behavior, and action, students eventually get what they want through a satisfied desire or much-needed attention. Remember that not all students are like this; only a select few are.

Some teachers are very inflexible, while others are pretty easygoing. These inconsistencies between staff members make the school an unpredictable place. Students must deal with teacher differences; individual teachers give in at different rates depending on their feelings.

Consistency is Critical to Teaching

Some teachers are inconsistent, providing a great laugh one minute and raising their voices shortly after. A few teachers may also display inconsistencies in treating specific individuals differently, letting some students get away with certain behaviors and penalizing others.

An inconsistent teacher has very little chance of success simply because the students don’t know what is expected of them – the classroom has an unstable atmosphere.

They don’t know where the boundaries are from one day to the next. The feelings of insecurity and unfairness make them more inclined to push the boundaries next time and argue with you further.

One way to stop disruptive behavior in your lessons is to be more consistent in everything you do on your teaching day. That means an essential part of consistency is knowing what you will say and do in response to your students’ actions and questions. Have a set of rules and sanctions that your students are familiar with. They must know the exact consequences of their actions at any time.

Stick to Classroom Rules and Discipline Plan

Being consistent in your classroom is paramount to your success as a teacher and obtaining respect from your students. If you have a collection of guidelines and rules, you must stick to them and implement them with each student daily with the same approach.

If you are not thorough with your approach and penalize a student for one thing, then pay no attention to a different student who does the same thing. It will not go unseen by your students. They will lose respect for you, and you will lose control of your class.

Gaining Respect from Students in Your Classroom is Critical

There are various ways to gain respect, but consistency is one of the main ways. This means treating every student equally; you will be labeled unfair if you don’t.

Students will be less likely to follow the rules because they think you are picking favorites. Even if the student misbehaving is one of the highest performing students academically or behaviorally, if they do something against the rules, they must face the consequences like any other student.

Students need to know there are good and bad consequences depending on the action. The result must be directly correlated with the violation. Consistency in implementing outcomes is vital to effective classroom management.

Lesser offenses deserve lesser consequences; more significant infractions deserve greater punishment. If a student is caught daydreaming, they should not be sent to the principal’s office; they should be reminded to focus.

If a student hits another, do not tell them to refocus. Could you give them a timeout and contact their parents? Remain consistent when handing out punishments—the same crime earns the same sentence.

Communicate Instructions to Students in a Calm and Clear Manner

Students dislike teachers whose only strategy for dealing with challenging students is punishment and shouting. When we are pushed to our limits and our instructions are ignored, it’s easy to dig ourselves into a hole in an attempt to regain control and re-establish authority by issuing unwarranted, excessive punishments.

The best way to avoid this situation is to ensure our instructions are given to reinforce understanding and compliance. Keep students focused and on task by explaining what is expected during the lesson. Consistency in the classroom will help to manage the classroom.

The instructions you give to your students are an essential part of any effective behavior plan. However, only some teachers are heard, while others are ignored. So, what can you do to ensure your instructions are followed? Perhaps the most critical factor is how your instructions are delivered.

1. Classroom Instructions Must be Given in a Calm Manner

When you give your students instructions, they must be presented in a calm, non-hostile manner and be clear and specific. Kids need boundaries, but those boundaries must be calmly communicated and stated without emotion.

Shouting and ranting virtually guarantee more conflict. Students dislike hostile teachers whose only strategy for dealing with problem behavior is punishment and shouting. Even though you may be instilling fear, you will more likely be inciting hostility and resentment, leading to acting out.

If we expect students to act responsibly, we need to model good communication and behavior to emulate. Your attitude must be one of support and fairness because it is the foundation for effective classroom management and positive teacher-student relationships.

2. Class Instructions Must be Clear and Precise

Students will benefit from instructions that are easy to follow. Especially when we consider the large numbers of students who have ADD/ADHD or are on the autistic spectrum, these children need unambiguous, precise instructions. So, for instructions to be easy to follow, they must be simple and fully explained before your students begin the task.

When giving instructions, avoid ambiguous words like ‘quietly’ or ‘properly.’ These directions aren’t accurate enough; words like these are left open to different interpretations and arguments.

This may mean overexplaining a task to ensure no grey areas. For instance, when students finish a task, you must give them specific instructions about what they should do to keep themselves occupied while waiting for others to finish.

This could include handing in their assignment and taking a worksheet to complete, reading silently, or starting work on that night’s homework. None of these options involve bothering the other students who are still working. So, when a student disobeys the instructions, they will understand that they are in the wrong.

3. Instructions Should be Backed Up by Fair and Consistent Consequences

When our instructions are repeatedly ignored, it can be easy to dig ourselves into a hole in our attempt to regain control of our frustration. Many times, by trying to re-establish our authority, we end up issuing unwarranted, excessive punishments. Major disruptions and confrontations due to children not following instructions are easily avoidable when you have fair consequences of turning the problem into a learning opportunity.

Having pre-arranged and consistent consequences and rules will form the basis of your behavior plan and help you remain calm in challenging situations. Having pre-arranged effects in place can help you avoid easily losing your temper. When we feel threatened or powerless, we can lose our tempers— so, having pre-arranged consequences that you and your students know will help you keep control and remain calm in all situations.

Tips to Resolve Student Behavior Challenges

It is inevitable that no matter how great of a teacher you are, you will have to deal with problem behavior occasionally. This makes it essential to be prepared when a challenging classroom situation arises.

Knowing how to manage a behavior crisis is paramount to job success and your sanity. Stay calm and professional when you handle these difficult situations to ensure students are given the necessary support without compromising your professionalism.

Behavior Management Tips to Help You Get Through Difficult Situations

1. Nobody is Perfect

You can’t get everything right all the time. Even the best teachers make mistakes now and again. We are only human. You can only do your best but can improve through knowledgeable resources and ongoing experimentation. Although we will inevitably make mistakes, be comforted in knowing we can always learn more and improve for next time. Maintaining routines in the classroom will help manage student behavior. 

2. Create a Classroom Environment to Prove Your Efforts

The key to good behavior management is developing relationships with your students and gaining their respect and trust. And even though this will take time, you have control over how long it will take. You will accomplish this feat more quickly by concentrating on getting to know your students and showing a genuine interest in their learning. All students want to feel valued and unique; the teacher’s job is to make this a reality. When students feel this way, they won’t need to act out to get the validation they seek.

3. Student Behaviour

Behavior management aims not to ‘make’ children behave; it trains them and helps them see the many benefits and intrinsic value of acting responsibly. It creates the correct academic environment that encourages these proper behaviors.

4. Keep a Positive Attitude

As soon as you dismiss your class as a lost cause, you will be in for a very long and painful school year. Students respond much more positively to a teacher who approaches them as people needing guidance and teaching instead of a teacher who comes to a class as if they are nothing but trouble. Respond accordingly if you will give them the time, effort, support, and guidance they need.

Following the rules regarding consistency and fairness in your classroom will make classroom management more comfortable, and students will be happier and more engaged. Student engagement is critical to reducing classroom disruptions.

Learning how to create a productive, well-managed classroom can immediately benefit you. For more information, visit our blog’s classroom management tips section or check out this up-to-date resource: 101 Classroom Management Tips.