Bobby gives us his tips on behaviour management.
When I speak to other teachers the words “classroom management” always comes up and this is because it is a very important part of teaching. Now I am no expert on behaviour or classroom management, but I will throw in my “two cents” as the saying goes.
I worked at a school in South Carolina that had very challenging students, and a variety of teaching styles. My room was actually next door to a very small older lady who scared the heck out of all the children and myself. She would be constantly yelling and screaming at the children and her classroom was like a military academy. On the other side of my room was a younger teacher fresh out of college who treated the students like adults and had a great relationship with them. Both were considered great teachers, although their teaching styles were very different.
In my opinion it comes down to two things. First is building relationships. I know it is cliché but if you really show an interest in the students they will work better for you. The more they like you the harder they will work. Secondly you are your own person and you need to find the teaching style and tools that best suits you. It is great to get ideas and advice from other teachers, but just because something works for them it may not work for you.
Before I go I want to share with you some things that I use for classroom management. The first is a fantastic website called Classdojo. It is free and very easy to use. All you do is create your class and you can add or minus points based on their behavior. If you ever need help with it please let me know and I will gladly help set you up. Some other things that I have used is bouncyballs.org and the toonoisyapp, which register how loud the class is visually. If technology is not your forte, you could always draw three columns on the board and have student’s names as magnets and move them into the appropriate column.
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