Classroom management and effective discipline can either send a teacher's career further up the ladder or get him or her fired more than any other reason. It's often challenging to keep 25 to 30 children interested and engaged in your lesson plans without one of them trying to disrupt the class but it's your job to keep everyone on task, whether you received your online education degree or via a traditional campus. Nowadays, teaching has become even more challenging as children struggle with personal and family issues like abuse or a death in the family. Teachers are coping with the emotional and behavioral issues that spill over into the classroom and they're just trying to achieve control.
In almost all circumstances, being consistent is the first step. Therefore keep the list of classroom rules brief and make them important so that you'll actually follow through on them. For example if a child is talking to another classmate or throwing stuff it becomes disruptive, and it is important that you remedy the situation before continuing with your lesson. If you do not, your class may not be fully engaged, and your students will learn they can get away with minor infractions. You do not need to yell; sometimes just stopping the lesson and waiting will get their attention.
Children will often work harder if you recognize them for their efforts for behaving properly or finishing their work on time. This is part of assertive discipline which promptly disciplines a student’s negative behavior like consistently getting out his or her seat and disrupting the class but it also rewards quietly studying students. You can reward students with tokens to turn into bigger prizes at the end of the day. Alternatively, if the entire class behaves for two or three days, you could reward them with a pizza party on Friday. Get the class involved by offering 10 extra minutes of free time or recess if the assignment is completed on time. Write a 10 on the chalkboard and if a student misbehaves, erase it and replace it with a 9. The other students will rally together and encourage each other to cooperate so they get their free time.
If a child repeatedly misbehaves, it is time to decipher if the child is trying to fulfill a particular need like love or attention or if he or she is trying to exert control because his personal or home life feels like chaos. Beyond anything, if you suspect there is trouble at home, you need to report it to the school counselor. However, dealing with a student who is frequently agitated and angry can be challenging and building a behavior contract with them is a good beginning step. It lists behavior goals, rewards, and consequences. Offer the student special jobs as a helper like cleaning the chalkboards or handing back weekly packets. This helps with the attention and control issues in a healthy way.
If you stay consistent with your students and remain and do not lose your cool, you can build a mutual respect with your classroom.