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I am a Student Teacher, at the High School level teaching art. I am struggling to find ways to redirect behavior that head off before it starts to affect the rest of the students. I have tried a many different things, and sometimes they work and other times it does not. Any suggestions?

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Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Senior Editor at Large

Hi Krystal -

We've posted a few blogs recently about this topic...

From Management to Engagement

New Teacher Academy: Classroom Management

What's the secret to classroom management?

Dogs As Role Models: Lessons in Classroom Management

Hope these help!
betty ray

Lisa Dabbs's picture
Lisa Dabbs
Educational Consultant. Author. Speaker. Blogger.

Hi Krystal,
I totally understand your struggle. It is one that many new teachers face.
Betty shared some great posts with you and I'm sharing my Pinterest Board that has several ideas.

I also recommend that you download our edutopia free pdf on Classroom Management
There are 10 key ideas to use there to support you to get a good classroom envrionment going again.

Class Dojo is a very popular Web2.0 Tool that lots of educators are using in class with great results.

Lastly, teachers on Pinterest have shared many more ideas here:

Ultimately you will have to decide what techniques work for you.
Let me know if you try any of these strategies and how things work out.


Jessica's picture
Building Confidence in Students, One Child at a Time

According to me, i feel that a school plays an important role in carving our a child's behavior. Family and peer groups also help a child to grow. Therefore, it is important that a child learns and picks up right moral values and ethic from family. Parents should always inculcate in them family traditions and teach them good things.

Mindy Keller- Kyriakides's picture
Mindy Keller- Kyriakides
High school english teacher and blogger.

As an art teacher, you've got a special situation as far as management and discipline, no doubt! Working in the arts comes with a different set of expectations from students--they want to be able to breathe more freely in our classes.

To capitalize on that sense of freedom of expression they desire from us, you'll want to make sure you've had a discussion on those expectations. What do they want from you as an Art teacher? What do they see as the ideal Art class?

I've found that by having a heart-to-heart with teens, you make greater strides! If you get a chance, you can take a peek at Transparent Teaching of Adolescents (Amazon/B and N). It outlines how to have this discussion as the precursor to issues. : )

Another bit of advice a psychologist gave me was, "Love them. No matter what, love them." That also helped!


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Ms. Michelle
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" I am struggling to find ways to redirect behavior that head off before it starts to affect the rest of the students."
Well, you can, at the beginning of class, think of something for the students to do. Find 180 (however many school days there are in your school) ideas or things or interesting topics, and every school day, put it up on a projector and tell the students to draw about it. That's just an idea, and you could think of something else, but my point is to let the students have something to do. If they do not have anything to do, they will start doing crazy things like making fun of random people, doodling on the desks, or just texting the whole time. Something fun to do, or something funny ( a joke or something) could wake them up and get them prepped for whatever you want to teach them.

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