A classroom instructor is as good as the philosophy they choose. A teacher should create a modus operandi that enables effective teaching and favors a good learning environment. Effective classroom management equals the success of instruction and learning. The following are several methods a teacher can employ to ensure they achieve this.
Creating a good rapport with learners.
Teachers need to create a good rapport with the learners, which creates positive student-teacher relationships. Teachers can personally greet the learners, which creates a sense of trust and respect as learners appreciate individual teacher attention.
Clear the expectation to expect from the learners.
Teachers should also stipulate their expectations of the learners. Through rules, they earn respect. Rules also moderate peer interactions in the classroom. For example, teachers may emphasize turn-taking where one party listens as the other speaks. Teachers should also encourage signaling when one is interested in asking or answering questions to avoid ‘chorus’ answers in the classroom. Inter-peer conversations should be mindful of other people’s feelings. Finally, teachers should be optimistic and assume good learner behavior. It is in human nature to attempt and meet assumptions made about them.
Application of demonstration methodologies.
Classroom management entails demonstrations to the learners. Interactive modeling improves learners’ academic and social skills. It also improves their ability to execute procedures and routines. The routines are, for example, arrival and dismissal or classroom transition procedures. To motivate learners’ interest, teachers should also establish a suitable tone for instruction. Instruction varies between classes. A teacher should be patient to establish suitable tones for each class.
Expect minor infractions.
Minor class infractions happen in a classroom as the learners constantly test teachers’ boundaries. Teachers should set strict boundaries, which upon breach, should be fairly and proportionally corrected. Mistakes left uncorrected may create bigger problems making it difficult for teachers to establish authority. Despite the attempts to have a positive learning environment, challenges may arise in the classroom. Teachers should remain positive and turn negative situations around to create a more favorable environment.
To prevent challenges from occurring, teachers prepare in advance for each class. A teacher creates a path, equivalent to a map that guides classroom activities and routines. Teachers may choose varied instructional media, which kills ‘dead time’, creating active learning. If the chosen method does not suit the classroom, teachers should have a contingency plan that backs up the original. Teachers should positively reinforce learner participation through praise words and public recognition for motivation.