Optimize the learning environment with expert classroom management. Create a conducive space for focused, interactive, and productive learning experiences.
Classroom management is easily one of the most important aspects of leading a group of learners. How a classroom is organized and how student behaviors are reinforced and managed are key to creating a learning environment that is orderly, yet welcoming. One where students know and understand the expectations of the classroom and of themselves.
Positive Behavior Management
Positive behavior management focuses almost always on recognizing and rewarding desired behaviors while choosing to minimize undesirable behaviors. Essentially, it’s this: Reward the positive. Ignore the negative. Ignoring negative behaviors does not reinforce them. It takes away the fuel, so to speak. Like snuffing out a fire.
What Does Positive Behavior Management Look Like?
Because classroom management is so important in maintaining a positive and safe learning environment for students, I developed a few different tools for teachers, including myself, to help manage classroom behavior.
Younger learners are more visual learners by nature, so having something colorful and eye-catching is essential to keeping them engaged with the tool. Each of the products below focuses on positive behaviors and helps you ignore the negative ones. It is important to note that very disruptive behaviors should be addressed appropriately and in the moment.
The great thing about these products is that you can use them for an entire class to instill community and accountability, or you can use them for each student in your class, or you can use them in a more differentiated way by using them with only select students who need extra help.
Positive behavior management can be effective and powerful. However, sometimes students don’t always follow your expectations, no matter how much you front-load expectations and reinforce good behaviors. There will be times when students misbehave. This is where communication between teacher, parent, and student is absolutely essential. Parents are teachers’ allies in the classroom. They can reinforce and encourage positive behaviors at home that will transfer to behaviors in the classroom. However, they cannot work on improving specific behaviors or reinforce good behaviors with the students if they are not aware of what is going on.
When reflecting on how a student behaves or misbehaves, it’s important to look not only at the actual behavior but also the motivation behind the behavior. In other words, ask yourself what could have caused the student to act in a certain way. If you, as a teacher, can understand the motivations behind why a student does what they do, you can not only address that concern but also get to know the student a little better and be able to help students navigate your classroom expectations in a way that makes sense to them. This helps the students become more self-aware of their own behaviors and understand how they impact their own and This helps the students become more self-aware of their own behaviors and understand how they impact their own and others’ learning.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to classroom management. With the right tool(s), parental involvement and support, and a little patience, your classroom can run much smoother, and much more learning will naturally happen as a result!
Products Mentioned in This Post:
- No-Prep Clip Chart | Classroom Management
- Fun No-Prep Reward Punch Cards | Classroom Management
- No-Prep Reward Coupons | Classroom Management
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