One of the most difficult skills to master as a teacher is classroom management. Unfortunately, if you can not master this skill you are not going to survive as a teacher, especially as a middle school teacher.

Teaching is a high profile job. Unfortunately, like every other job, teachers take their personal life into their work too. When you are having a bad day, chances are it will get worse in class the first time you get annoyed by a student. In the different careers I’ve had, teaching is one that required me to exercise the most patience and inner discipline. One sarcastic remark to a student could give ’em an emotional scar that will last for months. The bottom line is teachers are responsible for the “health” of their classroom.

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SIGN ‘EM UP. Begin with clear expectations. In the first week of class, students should brainstorm ways they can create a respectful environment. To this discussion, add your list of non-negotiable expectations. From these talks, draft a classroom charter. Have students and parents sign this charter. Now, you have an agreement–and a series of clear expectations–to which to refer when students need reminders.

It is at this Edulabs point that many teachers start to panic and immediately resort to various reward/punishment systems or as Alfie Kohn refers to them…”carrot and stick systems.

Parents have a right to know what is going on in their children’s academic lives. Sometimes kids don’t want to talk to their parents about their grads or how they are doing in school. With this tool parents will have access to the information that their children may be hesitant to tell them.

Sometimes it is possible that a goal set earlier is unachievable at the moment due to your lack of related skills or that it is too easily achieved, revise the goals. Check the priorities of the task set in the schedule, eg. 1 or 2 of your weak subjects could have improved tremendously after weeks of revision, so now you should redirect your focus on a weaker subject.

What is the fifth key? Very simply, the final classroom management strategy is to make your classroom the place where your students want to be. If it is more satisfying to be in your class, learning and working with their friends then student behavior will not be directed at finding ways to get out of class. Classroom discipline will no longer be your main focus.