There are some teachers who use such effective teaching strategies that they are respected by all students.
Their class is always polite and well-behaved from the minute the kids greet them in the morning to the minute they leave the school in the afternoon.
So how do you get like that?
I am sure you have seen these teachers operating in schools. If you are lucky, you have been able to teach beside them.
These are the teachers every principal want on their staff. Everyone else wants to team with.T here's just something unique about the them, something different in the manner that triggers students to act and behave in a different way when around them .
It is like they posses a super-teacher power that rids misbehaviour from their classes.
The kids in the classroom can sense this presence and most visitors to their room feel the palpable nature of this vibe. T
he students and the teacher are aware of this strength and respond to it with reverence.
Parents ask for these teachers for their own children.
Most members of staff know full well about this strength. I have seen other teachers line up for their class as it moves though the school, such is the power of their presence.
Whatever it is, it’s a reality both recognized and acknowledged.
Kids will often acknowledge that they don't play up for Mrs/Mr/Ms. Williamson not a real name and that they simply need to behave in her class.
And that is what they do.
This aura doesn't originate from any conscious action of these teachers. It isn't in the manner in which they dress, how they look, how they move particularly that provides them their super-teacher strength.
Rather, it develops from a belief they hold true. This belief provides them an amount of confidence and calmness that eludes many of their teacher friends.
It’s a secret key which has a nearly supernatural impact on the students in the class.
You will know immediately when you develop it.It develops a sense of empowerment, an understanding that you are the alpha-teacher in the teacher-student relationship.
Don't get me wrong. I don't want you to think that the classroom is a battle field in which you have to fight for control. It isn't - or rather, it shouldn't be.
But you know that in some classes, with some teachers, on some days, behaviour management is weighted heavily towards the students and the teachers is forced to play a subservient role, struggling to enforce their professional role with teaching strategies that seem to be failing.
In this scenario the teacher battles with behaviour management and the kids seem to have the total sum of the energy of the relationship.
Developing presence, however, changes the balance of this energy equation. Presence develops the power to effectively use behaviour management strategies within your class- for you.
Effective behaviour management is instantaneous and seems to bw carried with ease. So, how can you develop this super teacher strength?
Developing effective teaching strategies is essential to your success as a teacher.
Surprisingly the solution is a two-step process and both seem to have a blatant contradiction.
The very first attitude is you need to care for your students.
You have to understand that your role is to value-add to your students not simply control them.This is a deeply held belief.
You are actually prepared to give up all those wasteful teaching strategies that some depend on in their classrooms. The ones that are good fun but achieve little.
You let go of these teaching strategies that don't value add.
Teaching strategies must target successful learning rather than behaviour control.
In fact, if teaching strategies support effective learning, student behaviour usually improves.
You see, some teachers develop teaching strategies geared towards making their life easier. The thinking goes something like this - "If I do these teaching strategies the kids will be quiet!"
The effective teacher has a different attitude.
"If I want the kids to know/do/understand this concept I can try these teaching strategies."
These teachers care about student learning. Not in the parental sort of way but in that they will gain something from being in their class.
Kids know about effective teaching strategies.
They KNOW your job is to teach them something valuable. They KNOW that some of the teaching strategies employed are NOT going to teach them anything.
So caring about kids, means holding the firm belief that you will TEACH them something important. teachers understand this concept.
Caring about teaching kids comes naturally to individuals who've devoted their energy to helping kids learn.
Now the second attitude is more difficult to own.
It is a little harder in the beginning to develop. However the power this next attitude holds is immeasurable.It is the very essence of your sense of worth.
When you understand this concept it will literally change everything.
Are you ready for this? If you freak out easily, stop reading now, get a drink, breathe deeply and return.
You must have the attitude that as soon as your kids arrive each morning right up to the time they leave.
Now, if you just started hyper-ventilating, grab a brown paper bag and breathe into it.
Let me explain this is greater depth. Whenever your students play up, you cannot allow it to affect you personally. You must not read student misbehaviour as an attack on your ego.
You cannot allow it to bother you or see it as a personal affront. You cannot let it spoil the professional enjoyment of your role as a teacher.
Not one little bit.
Keep your ego intact. You see, as soon as you see this as a personal attack, effective teaching strategies breakdown, all hope goes out the window and your day is pretty much doomed.
You turn into a snarling, growling, snapping defender of your ego; your sense of self-worth; your professional integrity.
Worse still, you will not be reflective about the situation. Effective behaviour management is a cause-effect situation.
it is my belief that student misbehaviour is causal. It is a response to some stimulus.Your job is to find the stimulus or stimuli.
But, do you know what? It is NOT YOU personally.
Now, allow me to jump back to the first attitude.
If you genuinely care about kid's learning you have to find the teaching strategies, methods, and/or the solutions that are perfect for them.
You have to consistently follow teaching strategies which enable you to hold students responsible for their behaviour (or misbehaviour.
Student misbehaviour is a response. You just have to find to what. This requires empathy and responsibility. This requires professional growth and reflection. This requires providing effective teaching strategies that work.