Positive Classroom Behavior - Improving the Classroom Mood..
If you are feeling like you need to cultivate more positive classroom behavior, the following tips may help.
Remember your students have had only a short time to learn self-control and that even adults find it difficult to keep their emotions under restraint.
No matter how annoyed you may feel with a child, be consistent and calm. Don't expect kids to behave perfectly. As they explore and discover their world children will make mistakes.
6 steps for a more positive classroom
1. Establish classroom routines early and practice them over and over.
- It takes preschool and kindergarten kids a while to remember routines.
- Once the majority of the children get in the rhythm of classroom routines they teach the other students and the outcome is more positive classroom behavior.
- Keep routines and rules simple and teach one or two at a time.
2. Children's poor behavior may be the result of feeling ignored.
- Some children lack skills to make friends.
- Assign different children to small groups regularly to avoid cliques from forming.
- Play plenty of games that not only involve learning social skills but also result in the children learning each others' names.
3. Comment on a student's choices and efforts rather than on praising him or her.
- An uncomfortable atmosphere of competition can arise when children hear other children being approved of and they are not.
- E.g. Thank you Sarah for helping Adam find his backpack rather than Sarah you are wonderful.
4. Offer more choices.
- Being a kid can be tough, especially if you are one with older brothers or sisters. Create positive classroom behavior by giving children choices all day long.
- This technique can sound overused to an adult but choices give the child a sense of being empowered.
- Children can choose between crayons or felt markers, brown paper or blue paper, glue or tape.
5. Check with children
- When a child refuses to do something, take a moment to check if there is something bothering him or her. They could be hungry, tired or sick.
- Children often do not have the vocabulary to explain why they feel uncomfortable or to express their feelings.
6. Learn to be an expert communicator.
- This is an absolutely necessary teacher skill. Children's behavior is often unpredictable, illogical and based on their emotions.
- Rather than get locked into power trips and arguments, learn effective communication techniques to establish positive classroom behavior.
Books to help promote a positive classroom
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk has over 350 five star reviews on Amazon.
This book is in its twentieth edition for a reason: these methods work.
Faber and Mazlish promote a style of teaching/parenting that helps a child develop a positive self-image, strong skills of communication, empathy for others, and self-control.