As a teacher, the most important thing you can do is keep your class under control. But there is more to classroom management than just making sure everybody is sitting in their chairs and quiet when they should be quiet. Though discipline is often cited as the most important element to proper management, because that seems like the biggest problem. But there’s more to it than that. It includes how you schedule your day, how you pattern the lessons, how firm and consistent you are with your discipline, and how clear the students understand the expectations, punishments, and rewards. Some people rely on bribing students to keep them under control, which is not always suggested or recommended, but it works. It works for the same reason bonuses and perks are offered to adults in the workplace. People always work and try harder when incentive is involved.
There are many different books and articles that discuss the theory of class management. It’s difficult to summarize what everybody believes and thinks about managing a classroom. In fact, when a teacher is earning their credential, they’ve got entire classes and sections on management. It is an absolutely critical part of being a teacher. One way to find out about effective techniques is to observe other, more experienced teachers. They might not necessarily have the best techniques, but that is still valuable, because you might be able to figure out which techniques they use that you disapprove of or wouldn’t try in your own classroom.
Classroom themes are used by teachers to tie together an entire curriculum.
Have the class brainstorm their own rules and consequences.