3 classroom challenges (and what you can do about them)

Teaching is one of the most fulfilling professions there is. It offers the opportunity to positively impact the lives of students and shape their future through education.
However, this job comes with its own set of challenges and hurdles. Taking care of a handful of children is no easy task, and managing a classroom of 30 or more students every single day is even more demanding. Occasionally, you may run into obstacles, but with proper methods and consideration, you can work through any trials and tribulations to create a comfortable and pleasant classroom environment.

3 classroom challenges (and what you can do about them)

#1 Adapting to different learning styles

It's a well-known fact that everyone is unique, and so are their learning styles. Each child will respond differently to different teaching techniques, and more than likely, you'll have a mix of learning styles in your classroom to ensure that you're explaining your material and presenting the work in a way that makes sense and is suited to all of your students—that means adapting to different learning styles.

A few ways you can make sure you're covering all the necessary bases when it comes to different learning styles is keeping your techniques varied by often using various teaching methods like personalised exercise books tailored to the needs of your students, discussions, visual aids, hands-on activities for kinesthetic learners and incorporating the use of technology. You can also give your students the opportunity to work independently, in pairs, or in small groups where students can share ideas and learn from each other's perspectives, which is great for social learners who thrive in group settings.

This mix will help make the learning experience more accessible for your students and reinforce the material you're presenting to them within lessons. Regular feedback is also a great way to check in with your students and see how they're getting on and if there are any other methods you could incorporate into your lessons to help them.


#2 Dealing with challenging behaviour

Running an efficient and fair classroom requires a set of clear rules or classroom code of conduct, consistency and positive reinforcement. However, there will always be times when students act out. This could be for a variety of reasons, whether they're struggling at home, have behavioural issues, or are simply getting too distracted or giddy during lesson time. When it comes to dealing with challenging behaviour, it's not necessarily about ensuring it doesn't happen, but more so problem-solving in a way that helps both you and your student feel seen and heard so everyone can move forward.

The best you can do is to remain calm and objective when dealing with disruptive behaviour and try to identify the underlying cause of the outburst. Then, work together with the student to find a solution, offering praise for any positive behaviour. It's always best to take the student aside and speak to them one-on-one instead of in front of their peers so they can be more honest, open and vulnerable. By adopting a constructive approach towards challenging behaviour, you can create a safe and positive learning environment for all your students.

#3 Build positive relationships

Establishing positive and genuine relationships with your students is essential for effective classroom management and overcoming challenges. Taking the time to get to know each student individually and showing that you care will make them feel more comfortable coming to you for help or guidance.

Building positive relationships with your students involves communicating effectively and being fair and consistent with rules. It's also essential to maintain an approachable persona to ensure your students feel comfortable coming to you with their problems and are engaged during the learning process.

When you develop a strong rapport with your students and view them as individuals, they are more likely to participate in class, follow the rules, and be motivated to learn. In short, fostering a positive and authentic classroom environment is key to creating a successful and enjoyable learning experience for both you and your students.

With these tips, preparation, and some consideration, you can transform your classroom into an efficient and healthy environment that provides excellent educational and social benefits for your students!

Enhance the positive atmosphere in your classroom even further by providing your students with the best supplies and stationery. Here at EPSL, we offer a wide range of school exercise books, personalised exercise books, and supplementary reading material you can tailor to your student's needs for a more positive learning experience. If you have any inquiries, feel free to give us a call at 01254 686 500. We're always happy to help!

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