Oct 16th
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Skills Needed for Effective Classroom Management

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Thanks for visiting!  One question that I get asked a lot, is what skills are needed for effective classroom management. Now this is a hard question to answer for many reasons. I’ve seen a lot of excellent teachers over the years, and they all seemed to be so different in their style. Since good classroom managers all seem to have different skill sets, is it really possible to identify common skills needed to develop the effective effective classroom management strategies that will reduce inappropriate behavior in your classroom? Absolutely! Teachers who have effective classroom management strategies might all appear to have different skills on the surface. But scratch the surface a little, and you will discover that they all share some core attributes.

Below are some of the skills that all effective classroom managers seem to have.

1. Patience. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that patience is a virtue. Well scrap that, because in the classroom patience is a necessity. In order to maintain good working relationships with the students that you teach, you need to be able to demonstrate patience. Get stressed out and start snapping at your pupils, and you will find classroom management harder than ever.

2. Determination Effective classroom management takes skill, but it also takes determination. You need to be determined to establish your authority in the classroom at all costs, or you will see a deterioration in student behavior. The teachers with the most effective classroom management skills are the teachers who are determined to follow through, and apply their rules consistently, whatever the situation.

3. Consistency. If you’re not consistent in your classroom, then you will find effective classroom management hard to achieve. The teachers who have the least problems with student behavior are the teachers who deal with the pupils in a consistent fashion. Treat identical situations differently, simply because of the child involved, and you’re setting yourself up for failure. Teachers with effective classroom management skills all seem to have different attributes. Even so, all have the three skills above in abundance.

If you want to reduce inappropriate student behavior in your classroom now then concentrate on developing the skills listed above. Your effective classroom management skills are dependent upon it!