Keep your room attractively decorated and free of clutter.
When a person walks into a room it says something to him, either positive or negative. The room communicates that either something exciting is happening that he will want to be a part of or that the same old boring thing is going to happen.
- Regularly update materials on the wall to go along with the current unit of study --no more Christmas in July.
- Clean up the clutter. When the room is filled with non-essentials, it is difficult to tell what is primary.
- Invitingly arrange the chairs. When children arrive to find chairs in disarray, they begin with a sense of uncertainty or chaos.
Children do not need your help to get distracted. Right from the start, help them feel a sense of direction in where they are to go and what they are to do. Use the room to pull them in. Help them focus on their purpose for being there without you even having to say a word.
Teacher Training Resource: Keys to Unlocking the Door for Good First Impressions Worksheet
(Last updated 8/01/15)
For more training to help you with Classroom Discipline:
Read other tips in the Handbook on the Basics of Classroom Discipline.
Or, go beyond by using the Effectively Handling Classroom Discipline Workbook.
Learn the difference between Biblical Authority versus the Authoritarian and Permissive Teachers Worksheet and the implications for your teaching.
Think through the challenges, causes, corrective measures, and ways to circumvent 56 different discipline issues using the one page sheets in the Discipline Issues: What to Do About Specific Challenges resource.
And, click below to read helpful articles on classroom discipline: