Classroom Management Tip #1 : Fostering and Nurturing Relationships
Last week, I talked about why I got rid of my behaviour chart and why I'm begging you to do the same! You can read more about that here.
For the next 3 weeks, I'm going to bring you my 3 no-fail tips to have the absolute best classroom management. It takes work, but trust me, the benefits are very worth it! When you have a classroom that still behaves and has fun the week before Christmas, or the week before the end of the school year, you will know that all your hard work paid off!
My first tip is probably my most important. Because without it, none of the other tips will work. They'll help, but they won't really achieve what's important in your classroom.
Because in your classroom, you don't want students to simply sit and listen and maybe learn. You wan them to be engaged, you want them to take charge of their learning and you want them to be curious little souls.
My first tip? Foster and nurture relationships with them.
That means showing them that you love them for exactly who they are. Because every student is perfect just the way they are. They might have behaviours that aren't ap. preciated, but they need to know that you, the teacher, cares truly about them.
How can you show them this?
It all depends on the students, but one of the easiest ways is to be present. When students are coming into your classroom in the morning, be there, at the door or in the hallway. Greet them, talk to them about their night or their morning. Be interested in what they're interested in by asking questions and letting them talk. Smile.
At lunch time, take 5 minutes to sit down with a couple of students and chat with them. At the end of the day, wish each and every one of them a wonderful evening.
Take 2 minutes out of your day to talk to that student that gives you a headache each day. But truly talk to them. Ask them what they enjoy doing, or their favourite TV show or sport to play. Whatever. Just don't talk shop. Don't start talking to them about their behaviour or what they can do to improve. Don't talk to them about their potential or how you know that today can be a better day than yesterday.
Be genuine, be real, be affectionate (in a proper teacher-relationship way) and really build those relationships.
Because when students love you, they'll do anything for you.
Stay tuned for my next tip : Implementing Structure & Routine