The way you go about organising and structuring your teaching affects how well your students behave. In this article, you will find 5 critical tactics – especially with a new class or when working with a difficult class.
Tactic #1: Be Prepared
Being unprepared is a common cause of poor student behavior. Therefore, it is important that you are well prepared. Focus on your planning and your resources.
Having plans is essential, but they must also be good plans. And, good plans start with a clear understanding of what your students need to learn. More specifically, they describe what you want your students to:
This clarity comes from
You can download a sample goal-based daily plan here. Add resources to this, and you are well preparaed.
Being prepared involves both planning and organisation. When dealing with a new or challenging class, always have your day planned and your resources ready before you start the next day.
Structuring Your Teaching Tactic #2: Explain & Demonstrate First
Asking students to do something that you haven’t shown them what to do is a recipe for both frustration and misbehaviour.
Always start your lessons by clearly:
Do this in a clear, step by step manner. And use:
Tactic #3: Individual Learning First
After you have:
You need to get them to individually engage with the material.
The specific strategies you use to engage them will vary depending upon what you want them to learn. For example:
But what matters in terms of managing the behavior of a new or challenging class, is that:
- The students work individually
- Doing so well becomes a routine before you start taking your eyes off the class and helping individual students
This allows you to keep an eye on the class as a whole, and use on-the-spot techniques to nip small problems in the bud.
Structuring Your Teaching Tactic #4: Judicious Use of Groupwork
Do not use groupwork with a new or difficult class until they can work well on their own (over several lessons).
Even then, you still need to use groupwork judiciously. This involves ensuring that each student has sufficient understanding of the:
Tactic #5: Hold Your Students Accountable
Students are more likely to behave well when they know you will check:
Asking students to show what they have done, and marking work as a class are 2 quick ways to do this.
Organising & Structuring Your Teaching Minimizes Misbehaviour
To organise and structure your teaching use these 5 tactics:
- Being prepared
- Explaining and demonstrating things first
- Getting students to work on their own – and watch them
- Making timely and careful use of groupwork
- Holding your students accountable
These 5 tactics are not all there is to good teaching, let alone great teaching. Nor are they all you need to do manage your students’ behaviour. But they are an important foundation. For more on behaviour management, see the article the Top 10 Behaviour Management Strategies.
Shaun Killian is an experienced teacher and principal with a passion for helping students to excel. He believes that assisting teachers to adopt evidence-based education is the best way to make this happen. Shaun is committed to bringing you practical advice based on solid research.