8 ways in which a teacher can bring sanity to a chaotic classroom and breathe again

One of the most stressful situations a teacher may experience is an unruly and chaotic classroom. This stress may lead to burn out and the teacher may leave his/her job. It is also not to the benefit of the learner.

Here are eight ways a teacher can bring calmness and a productive atmosphere to the classroom:

1. Develop effective discipline

The teacher may have to experiment to see which disciplinary methods will work the best.

If something is not working you may try another method.

2. Change your attitude

Remember that children are not small grown-ups. They will not always be quiet and patient. If you fully accept them as they are, you may see that they do not need that much discipline.

3. Organise your class

The better your class is organised, the easier it will be to keep everything in order. Have proper management over procedures like handing in assignments.

4. Add humour and laughter

The more humour and laughter in your class, the less stressful it will be for everyone.

5. Develop your own skills

Be aware of your own emotions and try not to get upset, angry or rude. Teach yourself some skills like how to calm down by deep breathing and taking time out.

6. Emotional control techniques for the children

Teach children how to control themselves and how to calm down. They need to know how to control their emotions and impulses.

7. Add movement

Ask the children to get up and do a few breathing and stretching exercises when they have too much energy.

8. Do not use threats

Try not to use threats in your discipline. That may be one of the least effective ways of getting children to listen to you. Rather give them encouragement and praise.

The above-mentioned techniques are easy to apply in the classroom. Try not to expect perfect behaviour from children and you will be surprised how much that will calm you down.