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Dealing with Discipline Problems of Diverse Classes

Dealing with Discipline Problems of Diverse Classes

Dorit Sasson

When students aren’t listening, it’s usually because of one main thing: they are not engaged with the setup of the classroom and how the lesson is structured.

As you may have already realized, when students don’t understand the rules and procedures in your classroom, they then begin to take control in the classroom. And you know what that means, right?

As a new teacher, you’ll want to set up three simple systems in your classroom that effectively engage your students. Simple systems help students become more self-directed. They know how your classroom is run and feel safe with a sense of a routine. Simply put, your students know they can succeed and won’t challenge your authority because they WON’T need to.

Here are three basic systems which you should implement from the first day of school:

  • Set up your expectations for success in the classroom so students always know exactly what to do. This goes for every task, rule and procedure.
  • Set up a system of rules, procedures and consequences. Teach and reinforce those rules and procedures using consequences that are most crucial for running your lesson effectively. Ideally, you should have three or four rules and a variety of procedures for running your classroom effectively.
  • Cater to a variety of learning styles and abilities. Using differentiated instruction, teachers cater to a wide variety of varied interests, cultural backgrounds and world knowledge which results in more dynamic classroom interaction. In a differentiated learning environment, students feel safe because they know they will learn something in your lesson.

Tips for Setting up Systems for Success

It is our job as educators to communicate success to enhance student motivation and engage students. Use these strategies to increase the motivation factor:

• Provide success oriented activities (there is an appropriate level of challenge that will bring success.

• Establish a positive learning environment.

• Introduce cooperative learning using group and pair work.

• Cater to different individual interests.

• Provide choice leading to more student autonomy.

• Provide positive reinforcement.

• Personalize the learning tasks.

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