Becoming a teacher educates you about classroom management right away. When it starts getting incessantly noisy in your classroom, you have to do something about it. The kids can take over the class and everyone can believe you are shouting at them for no reason … and that’s what they tell their families. You don’t deserve that and it doesn’t have to be the case. Here’s something I have done and in fact am currently doing to keep my room a sanctuary for learning:
1) One of the steps to becoming a teacher is to make sure the teaching parts of the day are very enthusiastic and energetic. Go the extra mile to get them moving and involved in what you are teaching. You probably will never “wear them out” but look at that as your ideal goal when teaching.
2) Make sure they see the method to do the independent work. Don’t leave them hanging with a worksheet with no relevance to what you taught. I had a talk with a special education teacher recently about this topic. Case in point: today I taught multiplication in a linear way and the worksheet put it in a block format. The kids were a bit perplexed and it frustrated me. When I realized the simple issue, it was just a matter of modeling a new format and then they all got 100%.
3) Don’t yell “be quiet” just start counting. At first they will stop after 8-10 seconds but after some routine at this, it will go down to as low as 1-2. Tell them you want the number to get lower.
4) Keep them in from a recess. Be very dramatic with the whole class. Remember that a talker needs a hearer so the quiet ones in a way are just as guilty. Usually after this kind of consequence, the class will settle down.
I hope you like my ideas. Have any to share?