We know that there are many issues teachers have to contend with daily. An issue that comes up time and time again for teachers is effective classroom management. It is probably the biggest concern for teachers when they are starting out in their careers.
It definitely was for me as an NQT.
Self-questioning and worries arise easily…
“How will I get them to listen to me”?
“What will I do if X or Y happens”?
“Will they respect me”?
New teachers are often told “don’t smile before Christmas” as a way to ensure effective classroom management happens.
Does that work?
In the short term, yes.
The teacher builds a reputation.
Students know that they need to take them seriously or there will be consequences.
But… does that really work?
Technically, yes but probably not.
Does that make sense? Let me explain…
Building positive relationships with students, however challenging, is likely to achieve better outcomes for effective classroom management… and crucially, student achievement.
As a teacher – I have done both – worked off the fear-factor reputation building approach and the fostering positive relationships approach.
And I know which one is better for both the teacher and students.
Building better relationships with students doesn’t mean that there are no consequences or that you do not have to have frank chats with students or their parents.
But it does mean that, day to day, usually, you get the most out of them.
They enjoy coming to your classroom and they enjoy learning.
And you enjoy being with them and watching them learn.
Why are we talking about classroom management?
One of our most popular courses “Classroom Management” has had over 1,000 participants since it launched 4 months ago – to say it’s been busy is an understatement and we are delighted with the feedback!
99% of participants felt that the course improved their teaching.