Tip #1: Create a Respectful Environment
- Create a warm, welcoming environment. This doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take up much time. You can read more about how I do this here.
- Treat students with respect from day one. Forget about the rumors or what you’ve heard about the student in the past. Each day is an opportunity for a clean slate. Demonstrate this by respecting each student in your classroom. Simple conversations like saying, “I missed you,” when students are absent can go a long way with kids.
- Stop gossip in the classroom. Be a leader by not gossiping and ending any conversations that you hear.
- Rules are for everyone. You can’t allow one student to wear a hat but not another. Be fair and consistent with all students.
- Send positive emails to parents.
Tip #2: Have clear expectations.
Tip #3: Consistent classroom procedures.
Tip #4: Engagement.
Tip #5: Collaborate!
Tip #6: Consequences
No matter how respectful and kind you are, there will be times you need to establish consequences for your students. It is best to have predetermined consequences that adhere to your school policy. Before the school year starts, determine what would warrant a consequence. Establishing this with your students on the first day of school would be best. After that, it could be worthwhile to put this in your syllabus. To maintain credibility, be sure to follow through with your consequences. However, do not put yourself in a struggle in front of the class. Keep a respectful tone by talking to the students after class or in the hallway. Also, think of positive rewards that students can earn. Sometimes it is helpful to focus on the positive instead of the negative.
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I hope these classroom management techniques help you out in your science room. If you have any questions or comments, let me know below.