One secret of crystal clear classroom management is to verbalize the expectations you have for student behavior. The real secret is understanding that the only behavior we can control is our own. The way you verbalize your expectations can reinforce that idea in the mind of your students. Here are some examples of statements that are not enforceable:
- Please sit down. I’m going to start now.
- Please be quiet. It’s time to begin.
- Don’t sharpen your pencil while I’m talking.
- Raise your hand if you want to speak.
- Pay attention.
- Don’t bother your neighbors.
- Keep your hands to yourself.