Students today are becoming more and more disrespectful to both teachers and classmates. To gain a student’s respect, teachers must make the classroom rules clear, consequences and rewards consistent and use a positive tone whenever possible.
Classroom Rules: Clear and Concise
Typically, teachers are encouraged to create the classroom rules as positive as possible. This means instead of stating “no running in the halls” the rule would be stated “walk in the hallway”. This is based on the well-understood parenting advice that it is more effective to tell a child what to do than it is to tell a child what not to do. The more clear the expectations of what students should do, the more likely the students will follow the rules.
Classroom Consequences and Rewards: Consistency is Key
Teachers who wish to have a well behaved class need to be consistent in their management every day. Consistency is what holds together any discipline or behavior plan. Without it, student behavior will go downhill as they realize the teacher will not enforce the rules.
Teachers need to set their expectations clearly on the first day of school. Students need to understand the rules, rewards and consequences for their behaviors. Then, each time a student earns a reward or consequence, they must receive it. Giving repeat warnings and reminders to follow the rules will only serve to extend the misbehavior.
While reminders have their place, it is important to not take it too far as students can see this as inconsistency. Students will quickly learn that they can get away with anything when a teacher does not back her words up with actions.
How a Positive Tone can Impact Class Rules and Consequences
Really, how well a student responds to a teacher is directly related to how the teacher responds to the student. So if a teacher is disrespectful to a student (always yelling, never positive, always correcting behavior and never rewarding good behavior) students will more likely act up and be disrespectful in return.
Parents often find this to be true too – kids will get into their heads that in order to get attention, they must act up. It is vital that teachers (and parents) provide ample attention to students for positive behavior so that the positive behavior increases while the negative behavior (hopefully) decreases.
Did you know that the kind of teacher you are effects how consistently you enforce rules in the classroom? Find out what kind of teacher you are!