Classroom Management Strategies for Disruptive Behavior


hi everybody my name is Daniel and I was
a teacher in the UK and internationally for nine years and I’m Wes I was a
teacher in Dallas and DC for five years and administrator for two. This video is
all about classroom management and managing disruption. Stay tuned to the end
because we have some great tips for you. So we’re talking about managing your
classroom, it starts right at your doorway. What you want to do to make sure
that you’re managing your classroom effectively is manage that doorway. As
students walk into that classroom they should receive your handshake, they
should hear something from you to make sure that whatever happened in that
previous class, whatever happened in the hallway,
it’s stopped it’s over. I’m in Mr. Baker’s classroom and it’s time to learn, and
even with that when they walk into your room, there should be something on their
desk to get them started whether it’s a warm-up, a vocabulary list, something that
says all right, turn it on, turn the switch, it’s time to learn. Absolutely, and
those tips are all about creating the right environment, setting the right tone
for your classroom. If you’re sitting on the other side of the room when the
students answer, it sends the message that really they are an answer however
they want. If you’re standing at the doorway, you can help to direct the
behavior and sure students come in quietly, take their coats off quickly
if they have them sit down and make a start on the test that you have ready
for them. And that just creates the tone or creates the environment that this
classroom is going to be a learning environment and a place that students
are going to come to learn. Now let’s talk about directing that behavior is
Daniel just said, we live in a real world where although we do some prep work,
students are going to be students, a 12 year old is going to be a 12 year
old. So what are we gonna do to make sure that we’re mitigating those behavior
moments before they even happen? I’m gonna set expectations with my students.
I’m going to plan what I might say in the case that a three-year-old or an eighth
year old decides to fart and now the class is screaming and laughing. I need
to know what I’m going to say. Do that prep work to make sure that, when it
happens you are prepared. But let’s talk about it actually happening. Daniel, take us through never, never Neverland into the past. Talk about some behavioral
issues that happened with you and how you manage them. So something that’s happened
to me a lot I’m sort of sure something that happens to every teacher is dealing
with that minor disruption, that low level disruption in the classroom. If
you’ve got a student tapping a pen at the front of a class while you’re trying
to talk to them, or if you’ve got two students at the back of the classroom
having very discussion while students are making contributions, that’s
something that you really have to deal with. But you can do it through proximity and showing your awareness. You don’t have to interrupt the flow of
your class necessarily, so that student tapping at the front of the class where
you’re trying to explain something, you can just move over to that student, use
your body to show the student you’re aware, maybe we put two fingers on the
desk to show you them that you’re aware of this and nine times out of ten that
will stop the behavior and they’ll recognize that you intend for them to
listen to what’s happening. If you’ve got those students to the back of the class
having their own discussion, then what you can do is you can just show the
students that you’re all aware that they’re having that discussion and you
can continue the class discussion at the same time. It doesn’t have to be that you
stop everything. If you have to stop everything then do so. But you don’t have
to do that necessarily. It’s great, so you can show proximity, you can do
nonverbal reminders or redirections to students in case you don’t want to
disrupt your lesson in the flow. But sometimes you will have to say something
let’s talk about that for a second. Teachers always ask, what do I say? What
do I do? If a student does something wrong and you need to say something,
the key is speak with conviction but not with contention. What that looks like is:
“Hey, Mr. Johnson, take a seat. Thank you.” It doesn’t look like: “Hey, Mr.
Johnson, would you mind taking it? Do you want to take a seat?” No no no, it’s not
enough conviction. But we don’t want to be contentious like “Hey, Mr.Johnson. I said sit down!” No, we’re not doing that
either. Speak with conviction but not with contention. That’s just one of the
rules of thumb and making sure that student knows that you’re here to manage
behavior and expectations will be met. Absolutely, and it’s just like we said at
the start of the video with setting the tone for your classroom, this is
setting the tone to you as a teacher. Are you going to be that teacher that
follows through with things that is consistent
in their expectations, which communicates fairly and effectively and respectively
to students? Or if you’re not going to do those things, and how is that going to affects
your relationship with those students? Key in all of this is consistency and follow through. Yes. If I tell Mr. Johnson to face
forward two minutes later, if Sara’s turned around, Sara needs to hear: “Hey
Sara, face forward as well.” You must be consistent and since we’re talking about
consistency, after that touching moment has happened, make sure that you’ve
followed up with the student. This is a key part of classroom management. You
don’t want a kid to have a vendetta or feel bad about themselves because
they got in trouble. What this looks like is the student receive the consequence,
redirection detention or whatever it might be, but they also need to receive a
conversation between you, them, and maybe some other stakeholders. That’s mom,
that’s coach, that’s principal, make sure that you’re having a conversation with
your students. That’s a key part of classroom management to make sure it
doesn’t happen over and over again. So some key tips that you might want to
remember as you’re dealing with disruption in your classrooms is setting
the right tone in the environment for the classroom. Setting the right tone for
yourself as a teacher, thinking about how you’re going to deal with situations
before, during, and after and consistency and follow-through and all the actions
that you take. Yeah. Do these things and I promise you you will be much better off.

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