Three Things To Start Trying Right Now In Student Teaching To Help With Behavior Management

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  • Use your voice as a tool: One of the best tools we have as a teacher is our voice. Ensure that all students can hear you by projecting your voice. You can make your voice louder or softer as needed. Work on developing a “stern” teacher voice to use when you need it but don’t overuse it. If you use a soft spoken or quit voice while teaching, students may talk over you and start to take over the lesson. Practice using your voice as tool in your car on the way to school, at home, and during lessons to see the impact it has on your teaching.

 

  • Pre-teach behavioral expectations BEFORE starting the lesson: Be pro-active rather than reactive. Spend a few moments before teaching your lessons being explicit about your behavioral expectations. What do students’ bodies, voices, eyes need to be doing during the lesson? Be specific: “Eyes on me, hands in your lap, bottoms on the floor.” Use the same language as your motor teacher so students hear the consistency.

 

  • Notice or “catch” students who are following through on the behavioral expectations: During the lesson make sure to “catch” or notice the students who are following the behavioral expectations you explained at the start of the lesson. This can be as simple as saying “I notice Johnny has his hands in his lap, thank you Johnny.” Follow through on the same language your mentor teacher uses to praise student behavior for consistency. Do you have a classroom-wide behavior incentive in your classroom? If so, follow through and use the plan through the lesson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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