Things Teachers Should Avoid in the Classroom
I have read many tips and ideas on what a teacher should do in the classroom; however, I want to focus on the things teachers should avoid in the classroom. Students spend a lot of time with their teacher during the school year. In fact, they spend more time with their teacher than they do at home. It is important for the teacher to provide a comfortable, safe, and structured environment where students feel welcome and wanted.
Students must have a safe and comfortable place to spend their days. The first thing teachers should avoid to make sure the class is comfortable and students feel safe, is yelling. All adults need to stop and ask themselves if they like to be yelled at. Most will say they do not. Kids don’t like to be yelled at either. It makes most people feel insecure and tense inside. It also shows a lack of self control. A teacher should model the behavior that he or she expects out of his or her students by speaking softly and firmly without yelling. Students will respond better to this than to a yelling, out of control teacher.
A teacher must avoid coming to class unprepared. I have heard many teachers tell their students that they expect them to come to class prepared with paper, pencils and all other things they need in the classroom. If a teacher expects this from his or her students then the teacher should avoid being unprepared his or herself. Teaching is about modeling behaviors, being unprepared is a teachers way of modeling a negative behavior and should be avoided. One way a teacher is unprepared is by not having copies of the assignments available. If a teacher has to run copies then he or she has to leave the classroom and these results in the loss of valuable teaching time and possible misbehavior by students while the teacher is out of the room. Once in a while it is necessary to run a copy but a teacher should avoid running a lot of copies during class time.
Teachers must never argue with students. Discussions are fine but arguing is not. If rules and consequences are established at the first of the year there is no question when a student is arguing a behavior. When a student tries to argue about a rule the teacher simply lets them know the rules and ends it there. If the student continues to argue, the teacher must enforce the consequences and end it there. If the student is arguing about the content the teacher is presenting it is important for the teacher to let the student know he or she is open to discussion but will not argue about the content. If the student continues to argue let him know that arguing is disrespectful and simply do not allow it in the classroom.
It is important to avoid things that result in a distressful and confusing environment. Teachers must avoid the things that will provide an uncomfortable teaching and learning environment so students feel comfortable and safe.