We’ve all been where you’re at. Your students are difficult to manage, they won’t stop talking. It’s all just too much! Your blood pressure starts to rise, you feel overwhelmed, and you start yelling at your class.
You don’t want to yell or raise your voice. This is not what you imagined when preparing to become a teacher. My hope is that after you read this post, you’ll be able to try out a couple of new things that will help you to stop all the yelling.
let’s talk about a few things you can do differently
You have to make a firm decision that you are going to remain calm and keep your voice calm. When you feel yourself getting frustrated, take some deep breaths and count to ten before responding.
Try to understand why students are pushing your buttons. They like to see you get mad. They love it when your face turns red and you get loud. It stinks, but it’s true. I mean, we are talking about pre-teens here.
They like to exert their control, and one thing they can control (sometimes) is the voice of their teacher. Don’t give students the ability to control your reactions. Stop, calm down, count to ten, and then respond with a quiet voice.
Ask your students to put their heads down. I even do this with big kids. I tell students that we are going to put our heads down for one minute to reset our brains and start fresh. It really does help to calm students down.
Create one classroom rule and stick to it. The all-encompassing rule I use in my classroom is “Don’t make a problem for yourself or anyone else.” Create a sequence of consequences that fits your classroom, situation, and school. When a student misbehaves, simply remind him/her of the classroom rule and apply a consequence calmly.
Use logical consequences whenever possible. When a student breaks my classroom rule, I make it their problem, not mine. If a logical consequence fits the situation, I will use it.
Example 1: Beth is caught throwing little pieces of paper. My response with a smile: “Thank you so much, Beth. I needed someone to pick up trash on my classroom floor. I’ll see you at recess to get started.”
Example 2: Matthew and Jenny continuously hop out of line and try to position themselves next to friends. “Matthew and Jenny, thank you for showing me that you need extra help with line procedure. I’ll see you at specials and we’ll practice.”
This is the most amazing book for calm classroom management. Seriously, it changed my teaching life.
Reach out for help. Find the calmest, best classroom-managing teacher in the building and ask him/her for some pointers on how they handle classroom issues.