I am 16 and currently attending year 10, so I ve seen what kids can do to student teachers and this is a insight or point of view of why we are noisy, arrogant and rude to student teachers and some methods that teacher s have used in our classrooms to calm us down.
Make direct contact with the class straight away. As they or you walk in and when the students are seated stand up the front of the room (Never sit) make direct eye contact to show authority and to get people looking at you, then say your name clearly and loud still glancing at faces around the room, and then tell them what work has been left for the class to do and what is to be expected for them to do, also say that work not completed will be for homework, make sure you say the teachers name e.g.
Miss Peters to imply you are familiar with the teacher.
Don’t become friends with your students. This is very important not to do this, you may see it as a truce like you won’t give them detention if they do the work but this says to us, that you know you can’t control the class, you cant beat us so you want to join us.
Already know what work they are to be doing. Don’t read off the page directly as it shows you don’t know about the work, tell them what is expected to be finished and work not finished will be for homework and marked by the teacher you filling in for tomorrow. Hand out appropriate sheets or book’s as this will drawn attention to reading while you write introductions of what to do and what pages (writing this before the students would come to class would be better but not always possible).
Mark the student role. Students muck up because they think “you cant get me in trouble you don’t know my name” Remember 3 or more names on different areas of the room and sometime in the lesson say these names to call on a answer or do a job, as classmates become weary thinking you may know there name, so this encourages them to behave. If students misbehave you saying their name will shock them, if the name is unknown ask a student secretly their name or walk past them and see it you can see a name on their book (not always reliable as they could borrow a friends book)
Never raise your voice. This shows them that we are breaking you, keep you voice calm and tell the one who is the main culprit of the noise or activity to go outside. Never go back on your first decision, if you say get out and he goes “but he hit me” say get out again or send both of them out. Going back on what you said shows them you are easily persuaded.
If most of the class is being loud and not listening to you, Write “Shut Yo” on the board and stand next to it on the “Yo” side and put exclamation marks next to it each time you say “Shut Yo” (speaking normally not yelling) and there is still people talking. The class will stop as it will be fascinated by this new concept of something they don’t understand. When the class has completely stopped talking say “every time I say “Shut Yo” and the talking doesn’t stop immediately, I will put up an exclamation mark which is 1 min of your time at lunch. (The reason you use “Shut Yo” and not “Shut Up” because the student will instantly understand at a glance what you want them to do and will most likely ignore it were “Shut Yo” doesn’t make sense at first glance so the student will stop speaking in order to decide what the meaning of it is. This method will also work with a class that you have done it before because they will not want to have there lunch taken away.
Never do this:
1. Don’t listen to students telling you that they have already done the work that the teacher has left you, they will lie to get out of work, always go by what the teacher has left you.
2. Never ask a naughty kid what his/her name is, he/she will most likely tell you a false name, and make you look like a fool in the class, loosing their respect because you believed the student
3. Don’t sit at a table marking papers or reading all lessons you should walk around every 15 min, looking at sheets or books.
4. Give detentions to bad students NOT the whole class otherwise next time you have them the people who were good will hold a grudge and instead of having half a bad class most of the class will be bad. When the bell goes don’t pick out the bad students to say, instead tell the good student they can go to class, it shows that you are thankful and noticed they were good, otherwise next time they could become rude.