With providing structure in the classroom begins a key component of being effective teacher. Providing structure maximizes student learning opportunities, minimizes distractions and generally makes the overall atmosphere of the classroom more pleasant. Especially those who do not have any structure or stability in their home life, most of the students will respond positively to structure. A structured classroom also translates to a safe classroom. Too often teachers provide students with freedoms in which they often abuse. A lack of structure can destroy a learning environment, undermine a teacher’s authority, and generally leads to failure for the teacher and the students. Generally as a waste of time and an unstructured environment can be described as chaotic, non-productive. Providing and keeping your classroom structured does take a strong commitment from the teacher. The rewards are well worth any time, effort, and planning it takes to remain structured. Teachers will find that they enjoy their jobs more, see more growth in their students, and that everyone in general is more positive. Often the first days dictate the tone for the remainder of the school year – this is essential to be realized.

Providing structure in the classroom

You rarely get them back. Structure starts on day one once you lose a class. Provide students with specific scenarios and walk them through your expectations as well as your plan for dealing with issues. Be extremely demanding and difficult the first month or so and then you can ease up after students understand that you mean business. It is vital that you do not worry about whether or not your students like you. It is more powerful that they respect you, than it is for them to like you. The latter will evolve naturally as they see that you are looking out for their best interests. Come in with high expectations for your students. Convey your expectations to them. Set goals that are realistic and reachable that will stretch them individually and as a whole class. Explain the importance of the goals that you have set. Make sure there is meaning behind them and make sure they understand what that meaning is. Have a purpose for everything that you do and share that purpose with them. Have a set of expectations for everything including preparation, academic success, and student behavior inside and outside your classroom. Hold every student accountable for their actions in all areas of life. Do not allow them to be mediocre. Encourage them to be great and do not let them settle for less than that. Deal with issues immediately. Do not allow students to get away with something because it is small.  In case they are not dealt with appropriately as quick as possible, these smaller issues will morph into serious issues. Always listen thoroughly to your students and take what they have to say to heart and then take the course of action that you believe will correct the issue. Be fair and judicial, but tough.