As an individual, our priority is to manage our own behavior and identify and avoid the trigger points that push our buttons. As a teacher, however, it’s a whole different ball game.
A teacher’s primary concern is to asses, diagnose, and manage the behavior of his/her students’ in a way that seeps deep into the child’s existence without them ever realizing it.
It has to be almost transparent and a natural flow needs to be maintained in order to keep the student oblivious or else it might backfire.
A few ideas have been summed up in order to help teachers cope with their students’ behavioral problems and keep tranquility in their classrooms.
Let the children formulate or advise a few classroom rules
Your students should be given the opportunity to voice 2 – 3 rules in their classroom early on in the school year.
This will give them the feeling of self-worth and importance while simultaneously boosting their confidence and self-esteem along the way.
Also it will be easier for the children to own up to those rules as they are coming from them.
But make sure you, as the teacher, do not follow through with any rule that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Refrain from getting into a power struggle with your students
Teachers or not, we all are humans. More often than not, as adults we become slaves to the “adults are always right” thinking. Steer clear from turning a disagreement between you and your student into an authority war that you need to win.
Admit your mistake and apologize. Doing this will return the peace and quiet and put you back in charge of your classroom. The students will respect and respond more willingly.
They will look up to you as a normal making-mistakes-and-apologizing kind of person and will eagerly learn this trait from you.
Make the lesson exciting and motivational with a good balance of humor and discipline
Research shows that, in addition to being understanding towards their problems, kids prefer teachers who use fun activities and humor to convey a lesson to their students.
Humor will keep the session lively and enjoyable for the students. In turn they would not want to leave or miss out on all the electrifying fun happening in your class.
Give them small choices throughout a project
When it comes to projects, homework or small tasks around the class, make your students feel they are in continuous charge regarding these activities during their day at school.
This will ensure that they are involved at all times. Making these choices will make them feel special. This will help with their attendance and attention in your class.
Calm down in order for your students to calm down
Losing your voice while your students are creating a racket is a big no-no. As a teacher you need to calm down so that your students also catch your vibe and cool down.
Do not raise your voice louder than theirs to focus their attention on you. Just simply wait for them to quiet down before teaching them something or giving them a set of instructions to follow.
Body language is key in assessing and managing behavioral issues
Students’ as well as teachers’ body language plays a pivotal role in handling a behavioral meltdown (or preventing from having one altogether).
Look for clues and triggers in your student’s changing behavior and attend to them accordingly.
As a teacher you need to be as explicit as possible in conveying that you are not just listening but ‘hearing’ to what they are saying. Your sincere show of concern towards the child and his behavior will make your student trust you genuinely.
So, in order for peace to prevail in your class, your student needs to feel involved, not get stuck between you and your ego, have exciting lessons and humor in class to look forward to, and requires his/her teacher to show concern for his betterment.
Our students are our hope and we need to sowthis seed right to reap its proper fruit in the future.