Top 10 Classroom Do’s and Don’ts for Teachers

Teachers in Kenya

Teaching is a profession like no other; it powers all other professions and it is full of all sorts of frustrations. A teacher requires compassion, commitment, and patience in order to fulfill their duties successfully. Educators should also understand the needs of every student so that they can tailor their teaching styles to achieve the learning needs of every individual learner.

In light of these, we have researched several tips that can make the teaching experience more fulfilling and less frustrating.

Classroom Management Do's and Don'ts

DO’s

  1. Moving Around During the Lesson

While teaching, you should walk around to show your presence in the class and gain the attention of your students. When you walk around, you also identify students’ misbehaviors and see those who are sleeping in class. Students will be more attentive and avoid little games behind the scenes when you are teaching. Tough, but effective.

  1. Develop Clear Expectations

From the moment you enter the class, you should make your students understand the purpose, objectives, and desired outcomes of the lessons. They should also be told about expected behaviors in the class, e.g. maximum silence and active participation in discussions.

  1. Be Consistent with the Rules

Effective teachers set rules for their classes and enforce them consistently in all lessons. For instance, if you tell your learners that late assignments are not tolerated, you should always stick to that and consistently punish those who submit their assignments late.

  1. Build a Strong Relationship with Students

For students to be attentive in class, they should have a positive attitude towards you and your subject. To gain the trust of learners, you need to motivate and encourage them frequently; and get to know them individually. Students will be more cooperative if you are ready and willing to listen to them and support them during their challenging times. That’s the role of a teacher as a mentor and a coach.

  1. Manage Your Emotions

Sometimes teaching young people can be frustrating. You should be able to control your feelings and reactions; think carefully before reacting to any situation the class, especially if it pertains emotions and interactions with the learners.

  1. Use Non-Verbal Communication

In the process of developing a rapport with your students, you can use non-verbal cues such as gestures and body movements to gain trust from them. Maintaining eye contact is essential in creating personal connection, leading a stronger and positive relationship with students.

  1. Make your Lessons Structured

Successful teachers create a clear structure for classroom learning. This enhances improved learning experience for learners in the classroom.

  1. Planning is Important

You must be prepared, and you must prepare your students for the class. You should always have a good lesson plan that follows your schemes of work and the curriculum objectives of your jurisdictions. When you enter the class, make clear statements that introduces the lesson and prepares the learners, e.g. asking students to recap past lesson and give examples of experiences that relate to the current lesson.

  1. Make your Class Interesting

Always use various teaching strategies such as dramatization, singing, presentations, and class discussions to keep your class lively. You can also use comedic words and relate your class content with the student’s real life experiences to make the class fun and interesting.

  1. Love Your Students.

You should always show compassion, love, and responsibility towards your students. The students should entrust you with their time and problems. Be empathetic and show that you care about them. Greet them when they are entering the class, and try to discover their problems and devise methods of helping them.

DON’T’s

  1. Don’t be Too Strict on Rules

While rules are good for the class, you do not need to be authoritative and draconian. Try to be flexible and accommodate the views of your learners as long as they seem right and appropriate.

  1. Don’t Ever Embarrass Students in Front of Others

Some teachers make the mistake of shaming their students when they fail to answer a questions. Do not correct or punish students for their mistakes in front of the class. Instead, tell them to meet you in private after the class or during break time.

  1. Avoiding Yelling at Students

You are the more mature person in the class, so you should not be yelling or shouting at the students. When they raise their voices, try to calm down and talk them slowly into a respectful conversations.

  1. Hold No Grudge

Do not ever take things personally against students. When they do wrong, take them as children and discipline them objectively rather than holding personal grudges against them.

  1. Do Not Sit Throughout the Lesson

While it is okay to sit occasionally, you are not supposed to be seated for too long during a lesson. Teach while walking around or standing. Sit only when you are receiving assignments for marking in class, or when a student is explaining something to the class.

  1. Don’t Chew More than you Can Swallow

Some teachers make the mistake of trying to cover a lot of content during a class. This can make the content evaporate into thin air. Plan your lessons well to ensure that you cover just enough for your students to understand what you teach and achieve the objectives of the lesson.

  1. No Lesson Should Pass Without Student Activity

One key characteristic of a successful lesson is the availability of student activities. Giving direct instructions and lectures without allowing students to participate is a recipe for poor learning.

  1. Avoid the Habit of Sending Students to the Office

Some teachers often avoid the responsibility of disciplining students by sending disruptive learners to either the principal or his deputy. You will lose authority and respect if you do so often. There is no specific way of handling student misbehavior, but if you follow the Do’s and Don’ts in this article, you will avoid as much indiscipline cases as possible.

  1. Don’t be Too Friendly

Well, I always like to be a friend to my students. Nevertheless, being too friendly erodes the professionalism of the teacher. If a student feels that you are his or her friend, they may assume that you are equals in the classroom, and you start losing grip of your class.

  1. Don’t Go To Class in Casual Dressing

To continue with professionalism as a teacher, you should dress professionally. Trying to appear casual makes you look unprofessional and teachers will not treat you as a teacher, but as a friend. This will make them cross the student-teacher boundary, which undermines learning.

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Fredrick Chepkonga

Mr. Fredrick Chepkonga is an educator and writer in Kenya with great experience in writing and research on education, economics, and finance topics. He has passion in mentoring young people to develop responsible citizens and future leaders.

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