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how do you control an unruly class?

Jan 15, 2017 11:24am

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    • Jan 18, 2017 11:43am

      I use Students earn points for good behavior. (listening, responsible, working hard, on task, helping others, cleaning up, sharing, etc). What they earn is completely up to you. (example: sticker, pencil, extra computer time, play favorite song, chew gum, lunch w teacher, etc). They also have some free editable pages on You can download the app on your phone, so students can earn points for good behavior in the hallways and specials too. I hope this helps.

      • Jan 19, 2017 6:43pm

        Some type of good behavior incentives might be helpful. Here are a couple of things I have seen:

        - Marble Parties. Classes earn marbles for good behavior, lose them for bad behavior. 25 narbles equals a "Marble Party". The party can be a movie and popcorn, a special trip to the playground, a game day, or anything else age appropriate.

        - Tickets. Students are awarded tickets for good behavior throughout the week which are put into a basket. At the end of the week, 5 names are chosen for special awards (pencil, little toys, treats, fun erasers, whatever is age appropriate.

        • Jan 22, 2017 7:51am

          I would agree that the best answer to this is "it depends." My first suggestion would be to observe exactly when the class is unruly. Does it happen every day? If so, examine your instructional approach. Gather information regarding student interests and align your instruction so that it addresses interests and provides opportunities for success. Does it happen with particular learning demands? If so, it may be that students need some foundational instruction. It is really the whole class or a sub-set of students? Remember that behavior results in a particular need being met (i.e., what is the function of the behavior you are seeing? task avoidance? attention? etc...). Once you have some answers you will be better able to determine what the appropriate approach would be.

          • Jan 21, 2017 2:57pm

            Try some type of mantra to begin the class. I had one class where I would say "I am waiting until their is quiet" repeatedly. Usually by the third time, they get sick of hearing it and they quiet down.

            • Jan 24, 2017 11:39am

              It really depends on your students, the nature of the disruption, when the disruption is occurring, is it the whole class or some of the students. I would suggest that you take a look at your classroom routines and procedures. Questions to ask yourself: How is my environment set-up and what have I planned to make my students feel welcomed? What are students expected to do when they enter my classroom? How will I engage them while I take attendance? What is my expectation when students come in late or need to make up missed assignments? When students talk, do they need to raise their hand? What is my plan when students don't bring materials and supplies to class? How do students transition from whole class instruction to group work? What are my expectations for students at the end of the lesson? How should students turn in work? How should students leave my room? Once you have all this figured out, you need to consistently enforce your expectation and revisit them when you see students need a reminder. Hope this helps!

              • Feb 7, 2017 7:04am

                Hi Joe! There are tons of great resources on Teaching Channel's Class Culture Deep Dive: