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Class Management

Indiscipline in Classrooms

Maintaining discipline in classroom, in many schools, is a part of a teacher’s job description. Students are expected to follow rules; school rules and class rules. Teachers are expected to create the perfect classroom setting, where the students are at ease, working independently.

However, many incidents happen during a day, which create an uncomfortable environment for the teachers as well as for students. Teachers find themselves unable to meet their responsibilities and students are unable to respond to the consequences of their behaviour – or the behaviour of one of their peers.

What causes indiscipline in classrooms?

Here are some potential factors… 

v  lack of motivation

v  lack of appreciation

v  students are not ready to grasp a new concept

v  the instruction is not planned properly and is very difficult for students

v  comparison between two students

v  ignoring a student’s behaviour or performance

v  biased or prejudice towards students

v  excessive writing activities

v  lack of understanding of student’s interests

v  lessons of long durations without breaks or brain storming activities

v  weak teacher-student relationship

v  low expectations from students


Some Effective Techniques of Maintaining Classroom Discipline

As every fingerprint is unique, every person in unique.

As teachers, we cannot select handful techniques and employ them over a decade. Each class is different and each child learns their own way. Learning can be most effective if the differences in students’ learning styles is identified, appreciated and catered to.

Here are some techniques which we have found effective during our teaching/learning experience.

1. Start-up Exercise

Before beginning a lesson the teacher should do a small activity or exercise which prepares the children for learning. A Brain Gym exercise or simple exercises like raising the arms, clapping, jumping, or stamping the feet, can be done daily, moments before starting a lesson. If done regularly, the students will be mentally prepared to learn once the exercise is over.

2. Countdown

When the teacher wants the students to sit on their seats quietly, s/he should start counting down from 5 to 0. The students should be told that they should be on their seats with their arms folded, ready to listen and learn before zero. If they get late their team loses a point. Instead of following a point system, the teacher can just say that the child who was late has got out of the game. When counting the teacher should be loud and slow so that most of the children get the time to settle without running or falling. This is effective for the Foundation stage and Key stage 1. However, if a school decides to implement it across all levels, this can be done.

3. Give Me Five

When the teacher finds the classroom noisy, s/he should ask the children to give her five, ‘Two eyes, two ears and one mouth that is closed’. The teacher raises her hand showing the five fingers and waits until all the students raise their hands, giving five to the teacher. It is an effective technique to lower the noise level without the teacher having to scream.

4. Allocated Talk-time

When the teacher needs a few moments for her/himself, s/he should give the students some time to talk in soft voices. The teacher should call it allocated talk-time and tell the students that they will have to follow teacher’s instructions once the talk-time gets over. Using this technique will help the students to develop self-control and self-discipline. Over a period of time they will know when to talk and when to remain silent.  

5. Busy Hands Busy Minds

Keeping children busy with activities of their interest is another effective technique. The teacher should have an assigned corner with a variety of activities for children to do when they are free; after completing their assigned tasks or after break time. If these activities are hands-on, they are even better.




1 Response to "Class Management"

u r doing a great job…thanks a lot..

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