5 Common Sense Steps to a Productive Classroom Environment
Julia G. Thompson | Teaching
Although the establishment of a productive classroom environment is a difficult and complicated task, it certainly is not an impossible one. Below you will find five common-sense actions that will make this task manageable.
Become thoroughly familiar with the content of the courses you teach. If you don’t know the material you are supposed to cover, then your instruction will lack authority. Secondary students are quick to spot teachers who do not have a good command of content and they are justified in having no patience with such teachers.
Quickly get to know your students. When you are familiar with your students, you will be better able to establish the kind of rapport with them that you need in order to be a better teacher. Successful teachers have a sound working knowledge of adolescent behavior in general and of their own students in particular.
Don’t rely on punishment to control of your classes. Instead, learn as much as you can about the various disciplinary practices that are available to you. Knowing the actions that can prevent or minimize potential discipline problems will help you establish a productive, positive classroom environment.
Present yourself to your students and to your colleagues as a professional educator. That means doing all of the things excellent teachers do—maintain order, organize your time and materials, teach innovative lessons, and inspire student by being the adult role model they need.
Assume responsibility for your attitude about the discipline problems in your classroom. Concentrate on the positive steps you can take to help your students become self-disciplined. Learn to monitor and manage your own stress levels so that you can be the effective educator your students need.