Imagine this… Your class is filled with loud chatter, laughter, and perhaps even some singing. You do one little thing. Just one. And then everything changes. All you hear is silence. (And no it is not screaming on the top of your lungs.) MAGIC. That is the only word that I can use to describe these three classroom management strategies. COMPLETE MAGIC. Read below to learn more!
This blog post will…
- explain what behavior management is
- suggest why behavior management is important
- offer easy and effective magical behavior management strategies
What is behavior management?
In the education world, behavior management is the skill of implementing strategies to proactively prevent, monitor, and respond to undesirable student behaviors with the goal being to maintain a classroom environment where all students are on-task, focused, and learning.
Why is behavior management important?
Behavior management is essential because it directly impacts students’ safety and security, your ability to teach, and your students’ ability to learn. When a classroom runs smoothly and is not interrupted by student behavior, learning time is maximized and both the students and teacher(s) reap the benefits.
3 Magical Behavior Management Strategies
- Bell: On the first day of school, one of the first things to do is introduce your bell (or another object that makes a sound). Explicitly teach students that when they hear the bell they must stop whatever they are doing, put their hands on their lap, and look directly at you. Practice the strategy with the students and provide them feedback each time. Continue until the students have got it down, which may take 2 or 3 times.
- Beat the Teacher: Draw a T chart on your white board at the front of the room. Write “teacher” above one column and “students” above the other column. When you say, “Class, class,” students are expected to respond “Yes, yes” using the same tone of voice as the one you modeled (tip: you can make it extra fun by using funny voices like an old granny or whisper). If the whole class responds in unison quickly, then they earn a point (tally mark). If they do not, then the teacher earns a point (tally mark). The students’ goal is to get more tally marks than the teacher at the end of the day. If they do, then they earn some sort of small reward. Students LOVE this game-like strategy.
- Phone Calls Home: When a student does something really special or consistently makes good choices, highlight this student’s efforts in front of the class and share that you are going to call his or her parents/guardians to let them know. Make the call that day after school. When that student comes back to school the next day, students will ask them and he or she will likely be beaming with pride about the call. All of your students will beg you to make a call to their parents/guardians. This is a great strategy for recognizing positive student behavior.
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