Ever since the first little school houses opened over 100 years ago, teachers have been trying to figure out the best ways to keep students behaving and focused on learning. After more than twenty years in the classroom, I am 100% sure of what I think tops the list of how to do just that:
The key to successful classroom management is discipline without anger
That's right. No matter how you set up your classroom management system, the way you deliver your consequences is the most important part of the process. This is more important than the actual consequences themselves. Do you give students detention? Send them to the principal? Give or take away stars on a poster for good and bad behavior? Whatever your method is, if you want your system to be successful, you can't let anger be a part of the process. Let the consequence speak for itself.
But some of you might say "Hey, this is 2016. Rules and consequences are so 20th century." I hear you. I disagree, but I hear you. If you like your classroom management to be casual and relationship focused, that is your choice. If it's working for you, then great. But you still have consequences. You still have to verbally correct a student every now and then. Or call a parent. Or withhold praise. Or whatever it is you do to get students back on track.
So, if your goal is to have the best classroom management possible, it's time to remove the anger from those consequences. Keep your emotions in check and don't fly off the handle just because a student gets a little unruly. You (and your students) will be glad you did.
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