I noticed that when I teacher I have trouble with behavior management. My students work very hard in my class and do a very good job while they are in my class, but they can get off task and start side conversations that keep them off task for a while. I want to work on keeping my students on task while they are in my class and focused on the learning. I want to keep my students on task 95% of the class. The reason I'm not looking for 100% of the class is staying on task is because sometimes my students need to take a little mental break. I can understand the need for a mental break, when I was in my math classes for an hour and fifteen I would have benefited from a small little 5 minute break half way through the class to process and make sense of what was just covered.
Measureable Action Plan
Students will be on task 95% of the class period
Research and Ideas to help meet that plan
I find that if my students have too much time to work on an activity or project, then they tend to get off task and start up side conversations. I want to work on finding a balance to provide my students with enough time to think about the problems and ideas presented, but not too much time where they finish then get off task.
Set Clear Expectations
I have seen some students be off task if they are confused about what it is we are doing in class or what it is that they need to learn. I want my students to know what it is that they need to be doing at all times. I think this will help keep students focused and on task.
Be More Assertive
When I notice a group is off task I sometimes don't want to butt into their conversation and re-focus them, but that is my job. I need to confront those students who are off task and bring them back. I want them to learn the material and practice academic talk, and to get them to do that I really need to assert myself and get my students to do that.