3 'C's for Effective Class Management
Managing a class is not an easy task. There could be good days, bad days and utter flop days! Ask any teacher for her/his memorable incident of class management and you will get a really humourous episode. Though there are so many strategies the teachers can adopt, some classes are just battles, which the teacher has to fight alone.
In such scenario, the three 'C's can help. They are, Connection, Consistency and Compassion.
On the surface, this might seem simple. When we’re connected with our students, two things happen: they want to behave better and when they don’t, it’s easier to manage their behavior. This isn’t a surprise; however, there’s a lot more to using connection as a classroom management technique then just building relationships with students.
A teacher needs to have good connection not just with the students, but with parents, other teachers, administration etc.
This is probably the most obvious, but also the most difficult of the three Cs. It isn’t rocket science that teachers need to be consistent when managing behavior; however, the depths to which this is true extend way beyond the obvious. Consistency with classroom management is not just about being consistent when handing out consequences, but in other ways too. The teacher must be deliberate with factors like the tone of her/his voice to each student and how much time she/he spends building connections with each student.
Most importantly, do not show favouritism. Children easily notice and judge based on that. Teachers are also human beings and they connect well with some students deeper than others, just like anybody else. But she/he should be consistent with the approach to each student.
When the students are at their “worst” the teacher must be at the best. Managing behavior with compassion doesn’t mean that one should excuse wrongdoing. In fact, it means the teacher must acknowledge the mistakes and use them as avenues to teaching humanity. The students need to know that the teachers care, unconditionally.
(Indebted to various sources)