Managing Classroom Behaviors of Young Children

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Instructor: Nate Sullivan

Nate Sullivan holds a M.A. in History and a M.Ed. He is an adjunct history professor, middle school history teacher, and freelance writer.

In this lesson, we'll learn about managing the behaviors of young children within the classroom context. We'll highlight challenges, and we'll identify strategies that can help teachers and childcare workers address behavioral issues.

Classroom Management Challenges

Imagine you just landed a teaching job as an elementary school teacher in a large city. You'll be teaching third grade to a class of 21 students. Although you're passionate about education, you're finding your new job challenging. You can barely get through your daily lesson content due to negative behaviors among students. There are students arguing, talking over one another, and goofing off much of the time. You're feeling overwhelmed and are unsure of how to deal with the disruptive behaviors in your classroom. You want to create a peaceful class atmosphere in which all of your students can learn, but how?

Let's take a look at how classroom behaviors in young children can be managed. We'll identify some strategies that will help foster a positive learning environment.

The Importance of Consistency

When managing a classroom of young children, maintaining control of the classroom is essential. Chaos can spread like wildfire. In order to establish a peaceful environment conducive to learning, clear and consistent expectations are a must. As a teacher, you must 'say what you mean, and mean what you say.' Consistency is everything. Teachers must be consistent in how they deal with students. This means dealing with behaviors the same way regardless of whether the student is an honor roll student or a 'class clown.' This also means dealing with behaviors the same way whether you are having a great day or a horrible day. Strive for consistency!

Many children respond well to authority and actually want structure, but inevitably there will be students who demonstrate inappropriate behavior. However, once students understand the expectations, as well as the consequences for not meeting those expectations, a structured classroom environment can be created. Students will have the opportunity to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally when proper expectations are established and enforced.

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