A Classroom Behavior Resource for Overwhelmed Teachers
When it comes to classroom behavior management, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that because you can’t do everything, you just shouldn’t bother doing anything. That doesn’t have to be the case. My philosophy: Take really small steps. Do what you can handle at this moment. Then, move on to the next thing.
Resource Spotlight: Classroom Behavior Checklist
That’s why I created the Classroom Behavior Checklist. It’s a cheat sheet that you, as the teacher, can use to remind yourself about a few little things you can do to improve behavior in the classroom.
The idea behind this is that you don’t have to do everything to do something. In fact, one little change can be the catalyst for greater change in the classroom and with your students. This checklist is a list of things that can make a really big difference.
Bonus: The Classroom Behavior Checklist comes as part of the Classroom Management Toolkit! It’s FREE – so make sure to get yours today. (Find it HERE.)
Using the Recommendations
I’ve put together a couple of examples to help you see how the process works. Start by choosing one thing to work on. Once you’ve mastered that, add another.
One of the recommendations is to remain calm. That might seem like it won’t make a big difference, but if you make that small shift when you are interacting with kids, you’ll improve your day, open up more time for teaching and change the behavioral dynamic in the classroom.
Choose Your Battles
If you make a decision that you aren’t going to engage every time a student engages with you – behavior will change as students recognize that you aren’t reacting. Pick and choose your battles so that you are fighting only the most important issues, and let the rest go.
Small Changes Create a Big Difference
Think about it: If you have eight to 10 kids who have behaviors that are interfering in the classroom, it can feel overwhelming. Say you make one small change like remain calm. The results? The behavior of one to two students improves. That might not seem like much, but now you have all of the time back that you would have had to use to deal with those two students.
Did it solve everything? No. But it did solve something and will make a difference going forward.
Embrace the small steps. Do what you can handle now. And then move forward to another small step. Trust me, it will make a world of difference!