7. Create an environment where it is OKAY TO FAIL the first time you try something. This may seem contradictory, but "the road to success is paved with failure!" If students are too afraid to fail, they will never step out and take a risk. I tell my students that they will not necessarily like everything they create in art class, and that is okay! I want my classroom environment to be such that the kids are perseverant to solve problems, not giving up at the first sign of "failure." It is such an important life skill to have!
by Mrs. Anna Nichols; article originally posted June, 2014
Editor's note: Managing student behavior involves far more than discipline techniques. In order to create an environment for student success, the teacher needs to provide quality instruction as well as appropriate motivation. Most importantly, the teacher needs to have the right attitude for leadership in the classroom. Finally, having a solid classroom management plan with rules and procedures set up from the beginning of the year is also extremely important - students need to be very clear about what the teacher's expectations are.
disclaimer: These are a set of ideas about being proactive in teaching based on classroom experience as well as various education authors. Many times there are circumstances in the classroom that are beyond any teacher's control, especially when serving at-risk populations or in environments where those in administration fail to provide effective leadership in a school. Sometimes, regardless of the prevailing theories about teacher responsibility, the teacher is not to be blamed for out of control students. Finally, we do NOT recommend that you put any of these strategies into practice if your administration disagrees with them.