Our reader says:
“I have found one the most unusual and yet effective methods of controlling my classroom. Initially, yes, I would be upset and simply asked the student to leave the classroom. Generally, removing only a couple of the real antagonists left the room relaxed and the other students focused. However, I have also discovered that by being quiet and not showing any anger at all actually makes the students get very very quiet!! They put their heads down and get to work, occasionally I have stepped out of the room for a minute to collect my thoughts, and found the class to be so quiet again that I could hear only the pencils on the paper!!
However, on the flip side, I do allow the students to be boisterous during group activities and encourage class discussions. Basically, I am trying to train them to recognize when it is okay to be a little mischievous in class.
As for me I do go to the gym on a regular basis, not only for stress relief but also for health. I also make sure I live far enough from the school that walking home at the end of the day is also good for me. I live about an hour walk away from the school.
I also have plan B and C. If the class is really unruly, I simply hand out worksheets or some other form of activity to keep them busy, therefore, reducing the time I need to interact with them. This approach helps if I am not feeling well and simply do not have the energy. However, the worksheets are always applicable to the lesson and not just random sheets of papers. I also try to make the worksheets difficult or challenging for those students more advanced in the classroom.
So far, these tactics have worked well. The biggest hurdle I have met with is when students have had inexperienced and unreliable teachers throughout their education and they have developed some very bad habits. I wish teacher would take their role more seriously and realize how important they are to the development of children’s minds and their attitude towards life.”