It’s not easy to teach young children, get their attention, explain what to do and get them organized to participate. These tips will help all teachers have positive results in class.
- Explain stations WHILE you demonstrate them. Don’t waste words (they probably aren’t listening anyway).
- Set the tone for good attempts by praising those who are catching on right away. The ones who are not paying attention will gravitate towards receiving praise as well.
- Children tend to misbehave if left to their own devices. Keep them busy. A good teacher always has a back up plan. Dead time standing in a line or listening to instructions can create behavior issues. Keep them moving!
- When you have a situation where you have to reinforce your rules for behavior or safety, Get down on the student’s level, look him/her in the eyes and maintain eye contact. Use a lower tone, firm voice. Holding their hand or touching them can help calm a over zealous child.
- Make your class a team. Show them how you will work together to take your turns, accomplish your stations, give everyone a High 5, sticker or stamp when they show teamwork, cooperation, and good effort.
- Send home a “good job” note to parents. This goes a long way. Getting mail, praise, and good vibes from the teacher creates self esteem and makes them proud of their efforts.
- Be sure and give “legitimate” praise for a specific effort, skill, or accomplishment. Let them know how and why you are proud of them, not just a continual “good job.”
- Finger plays are great at any time of the day to get wiggles out and to release pent-up energy, and to keep children active and interested while waiting.
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