Classroom management strategies include having an engaging lesson plan, speaking using a natural voice, speaking only when students are ready to listen and quiet, using visual clues to get student's attention and addressing behavior issues quickly. Students come expecting to learn when teachers are always prepared and have a plan that requires the entire period.
The teacher's voice sets the tone for the classroom. While teachers face the temptation to use a loud voice and speak so they are heard clearly, students mirror the teacher's voice and speak louder. The result is an ongoing battle where the teacher must continue increasing his volume and can damage the vocal cords.
A teacher who stands quietly at the front of the classroom and waits until students are ready to listen and learn gains the classes attention sooner than a shouting teacher. Combining this technique with visual clues that it is time to engage makes it even more effective. One option is the teacher raising his hand and students responding by ending their conversations and raising their hand. Some students know that three claps in rapid succession are to gain their attention and respond quickly with their own three claps and listening ears.
Effective teachers address behavior issues quickly and with wisdom. They ask the student to meet them at the door and then use a positive approach. Inquiring if a student has a question is more effective than accusing him of being off-task and talking.