Establishing control the very first day

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1. Establishing Control The Very First Day
How to prepare for day one.
1. Anticipate everything that can come up on the first day
of the term.
2. In case of fire drill, will you know how to lead your
class out of the building?
3. What is the bell schedule?
4. In case your student needs the nurse, do you know
whereher office is?
5. Put agenda on the chalkboard.
6. Make the first day’s homework fairly easy. This will make
even the slowest students feel a sense of accomplishment
rather than frustration.
Ways to handle that first morning.
1. I will establish good control from the very beginning.
2. I will not become seduced into relaxing my guardand
becoming a “pal”.
3. I will establish good work habits in my students first
and worry about content later.
How to establish productive routines.
1. Productive routines are an outgrowth of setting standards.
Careless work, sloppy notebooks and poor behavior come
from teaching without standards.
2. Be consistent. Routines save time, theygive students a
sense of security, they are efficient ways of doing things.
Tips on improving the physical environment
Sometime after the classes in your building have been
dismissed, take a walk down the hall and stop to look into
various classrooms. You will notice that well-controlled,
orderly classes live in orderly classrooms.
How to set up limitsthat help students behave better.
1. No one leaves the room at 9:30am.
2. Students who were absent must bring a note from home
when they return to school.
3. All talking must stop when the teacher raises his/her
4. Students may not wear hats indoors.
2. Handling Specific Discipline Infractions
What to do about constant talkers1. Keep a “limbo” chair near your desk.
This is a seat that is kept vacant on
most days.
2. Ask a question so that the talker is
forced to pay attention.
3 Use the “icy” stare technique.
4. Offer a choice of punishment. Do you
prefer written assignment or staying
after school?
5. Use nonverbal communication. Stroll
over to theoffender while continuing
your lesson and move his or her chair
4 things you can do about cheating
1. Reduce or prevent cheating on tests by
taking the pressure of your student.
2. When you discover that a student has
copied someone else’s
homework, show them that the action
you disapprove and that dishonest act
is nottolerated in your class.
3. Don’t embarrass or humiliate the
student. Don’t call attention to the
cheating in front of the whole class.
4. After talking to the cheater, treat the
issue as closed.
How to handle pupils who refuse to do any work
1. Focus on the situations where the student shows
an interest.
2. Ignore any confrontations withthe student.
3. Reduce your criteria for the correctness of a tasks
while you’re
working with refusal to do work.
4. Some students are supersensitive to any perceived
unfairness. Class discussions of fairness can help
reduce angry, hostile feelings.
5. Show that you appreciate their efforts and abilities.
How to get the hyperactive pupil tosettle down
1. Provide as much structure as you can.
Make classroom rules and procedures
2. Minimize distractions.
Avoid seating him/her in the middle or back
of the classroom.
3. Set up a quiet corner somewhere in
the room where this child can go
during brief periods throughout the
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