Today was the first post in a 10 part series for teachers on classroom management. The idea is to provide help for teachers and parents (parents are teachers too) for helping to eliminate bullying in your classroom or home. Learning is best done when all students feel safe and secure, and are not afraid of being picked on.
Please join our efforts to create that situation for all students at Bully Prevention Partners. We are looking to engage teachers, parents and students in our discussion on creating a culture of peace in the classroom.
Do not wait till your son or daughter is the target of a bully. You can help them now – not to be the target and to have the strength to stand up for themselves and others in bullying situations. Invite your children’s teachers to visit and contribute to Bully Prevention Partners. Together we can make a difference.
Every teacher has their own classroom management procedures and they no doubt will fit their particular personality. The skills listed below are very general principles that apply to any method that you may choose and will have beneficial affects on the classroom and the students as well as the teachers morale.
Rearranging the Environment: There are some personalities that should not sit next to each other in a learning environment. There may be, depending on the age other arrangements that can be made too, like sitting in a circle or huddled up with the teacher that may be affective. How we line the kids up or transitions in the class can all be looked at to see if there may be another way for them to be done to reduce bullying.
Establishing Clear Classroom Rules: Setting expectations for students is important so there is no doubt in their mind of what their conduct should be in this environment. Some may choose to have a set of rules and others may have a single principle that they attempt to live by like, “Do unto others……, In my classroom I use single words. Respect, Discipline, Control and Focus are my favorite. They can be asked simply by saying “Does that show respect?”
Being Consistent: Consistencies take on two aspects. The first is, if you have a rule it must apply to all the children. That does not mean that you are not sensitive to students who may have special needs. But in a kind manner the rules and the consequences should be meted out equally. Second is our own behavior. As instructors we should demonstrate for our students how to treat others with respect. We must demonstrate the discipline and control we want them to show. Students will look at our example to see if we bully or not. Continue reading “8 Steps to Prevent Bullying in the Classroom for Teachers”