If you have concluded that you have no power over your current classroom management system or methods, you will need to change student behavior differently.
You must now be wondering, ‘what now.” Clearly, you cannot continue to accept the problem behavior, so how can you make positive changes? The answer is to deal with the only thing that you do have direct control over… YOU.
When it comes to controlling student behavior, the only aspect you have control over is yourself. You can control the way you approach and deal with students. You determine how you respond to their behavior, how you speak, and the way you look. You are in charge of how you arrange and organize your classroom, and the work you give your students is also under your direct control.
You can’t control outside factors that are outside your jurisdiction. These include factors that a student’s parents are responsible for and uncontrollable factors within the classroom’s four walls.
Such things as a child’s nutrition, ensuring that students with ADD or ADHD take their medication, changing their peer groups, home environment, or parenting situation rely on outside forces that you have no control over.
As soon as you implement a behavior plan that relies on outside forces beyond your control, you add too many variables to cause the program to fail. These classroom management strategies also all attempt to control the student. They all focus on doing something to the student instead of showing them what they should be doing.
Everything outside of your classroom is an outside force that is not yours to control, and trying to will only waste your time and stress you out. Put your efforts into the things you have the power to change. If you effectively control these factors, you will see positive effects quickly.
If your behavioral strategies have been failing you, then it is time to re-evaluate and come up with new, creative ideas. Making changes in the way you operate your classroom can be difficult, but if you want to see positive changes in student behavior, changes can be necessary.
Examine all of the techniques you use in your classroom to help change student behavior for the better. Figure out which ones work all of the time, some of the time, and never. When examining your methods, be honest with yourself and objective in your observations. To make effective changes, you need to know what isn’t working in your present situation.
Once you know which methods for positively changing student behavior need work, you can start implementing new, constructive methods to experiment with to determine which ones are effective and which ones are not. Always remember you have no control over what happens outside of your classroom. By focusing your efforts on your classroom environment, you will find it is easier to tackle behavioral issues in a narrower, more specific area.