Maintain Classroom Discpline With These Effective Verbal Communication Strategies!!

I have incorporated some very effective verbal communication teaching strategies into my teaching methods during my 30 plus years teaching in the elementary school system.

These verbal communication strategies assisted me in maintaining classroom control and a good level of discipline in the classroom.

As you read my suggestions, you will see that my students also benefited, since they were encouraged to think for themselves, contribute to class discussions thus building their self confidence and self esteem.

Give these ideas a try and see the improvement they can make:

* Vary the tone of your voice. Talking in a monotone voice is boring and students may not focus on what you're saying or the lesson and may even put them to sleep. (Keep in mind the auditory learners in your class).

* Learn to use "the teacher voice" (not screaming). Raise your voice 1-2 octaves higher (stern and firm) to make a point and then lower your voice back to normal and continue talking;

* If students go off on a tangent, bring them back on the topic being discussed or the task at hand.

* Do not respond to students who call out. Let them know they must raise their hand and wait for permission to speak. Don't let this become a control issue which can get out of hand.

* When speaking to the class and you don't want the flow of your lesson or discussion to be interrupted by having to answer a question, inform the students to keep their hands down until you're finished.

* Don't repeat every response that students give. Eventually they won't listen to other students because they know the teacher will repeat it. For example, repeat only for emphasis or if students couldn't hear the response or if it was a great comment.

* After asking a question, pause to let the students think and then say the student's name. If you say the student's name first, only he/she will listen.

* Don't just accept "yes" or "no" answers. Have students problem solve, infer and use critical thinking.

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