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Could you use some help when it comes to classroom management? I have a tip for you! When we start to run through the things we are currently doing, one thing we should think about is how we phrase directions when talking to our students. It may surprise you but this simple strategy for improving classroom management can make all the difference. Keep reading to discover how changing the way we give directions can lead to better classroom management results!
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Simple Strategy for Improving Classroom Management
Take a minute and think about how we feel when someone comes into our space and talks to us in a bossy tone. I bet the majority of us wouldn’t be happy. So let’s think about how our students feel when we use a bossy tone with them. Some of our students would be fine but our students that are sensitive or willful may have a negative response.
When we turn a phrase to the positive and we use the words of the behavior that we want to see… that’s what students will hear, and that’s what we want to reinforce!
For example, “Please walk.” instead of “Don’t run!” OR “Thank you for raising your hand.” instead of “Don’t interrupt!”
We all have our own tips and tricks for helping students to follow directions. Are they always perfect magical cures for everything? Of course not! But they DO make a difference!
The words we say absolutely matter and sometimes, even the smallest change in our language can bring about different results.
Plus, when we use positive language we are helping our students learn the appropriate way to communicate with others!
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