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Positive Teaching and Classroom Management

On the positive side… The best way of dealing with classroom misbehavior is by preventing it. Schools with good discipline standards in place not only correct wrongdoings in ways that respect children's well-being, but they also teach appropriate behavior, communication and coping skills.

Many teachers spend time with their students at the beginning of the school year to develop guidelines for good classroom conduct. Included in such guidelines are clearly identified consequences for any rule breaking. Actively involving students in this process helps to ensure that classroom rules are enforced not only by the teacher, but also by the students themselves. When students feel that they have a voice in the way the classroom runs, they are more likely to take responsibility for self-monitoring classroom behavior.

Teachers who have positive relationships with their students rarely need to deal with misbehavior. Likewise, teachers with well-organized classrooms and well-planned and stimulating lessons adapted to students' interests and abilities rarely see discipline problems, even despite the challenges of high student-teacher ratios.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

Consider the positive behavior management styles of teachers in your context. In what ways can education program staff and/or the teachers' supervisors and administrators be more encouraging and supportive of the positive efforts the teachers are making?