Strategies to bring discipline in the class room
To prevent misbehavior in the classroom, the teacher has to provide a stimulating environment that involves students so successfully that they spend little time thinking of misbehaving. The following methods can be applied to prevent misbehaviour in the class room.
- Make your lesson as worthwhile and enjoyable as possible. Remember that students crave fun, belonging, freedom, power, and dignity.
- Be pleasant and helpful.
- Involve and empower your students by asking them for input and help.
- Reach clear understandings with your students about appropriate class conduct.
- Discuss and practice behaviors to which you have jointly agreed.
- Continually emphasize good manners, self respect, and respect for others and be a role model.
All students may become restive and subject to temptation at times. When signs of incipient misbehavior appear, bring supportive discipline into play. This will assist students with self-control by helping them get back on task. The following tactics are suggested for supportive discipline.
- Use signals directed to a student needing support.
- Learn to catch students’ eyes and use head shakes, frowns, and hand signals.
- Use physical proximity when signals are ineffective.
- Show interest in student work. Ask cheerful questions or make favorable comments.
- Sometimes provide a light challenge: “Can you complete five more before we stop?”
- Restructure difficult work by changing the activity or providing help.
- Give hints, clues, or suggestions to help students progress.
- Inject humor into lessons that have become tiring.
- Remove distractive objects such as toys, comics, notes, and the like. Return them later.