Here’s a few ideas or reminders of what you might be doing already. I’ve picked up lots of positive behaviour management tools from IY the Incredible Years course and a in recent seminar with Joseph Dressien and I’m looking forward to building more mutual respect in the class room.
Positive strategies for classroom management.
- Praise positive behaviours regularly/often using kind words and gestures such as high fives. (Tip be specific) It’s great when their peers hear them being pumped up, everyone gets that feel good factor.
- Invite children to help or participate in activities and setup to create ownership, confidence and belonging. Redirecting or giving responsibility to challenging children really helps boost their positive self-esteem, confidence and feelings of belonging.
- Set clear expectations for routines and behaviour – let children know what’s happening.
- Positive forecast what children are going to do and give incentives such as stamps or stickers where necessary – young children love something tangible.
- Always have equipment/ clothing etc… ready before activity – be organised.
- Take deep breaths and have fun