Classroom Management Tips for Using Proximity Control

Decent classroom management includes creating and cultivating a positive, relaxed relationship that makes students wish to perform at their highest level.

A simple way to bring about a higher level of learning is via proximity control, or just a matter of the teacher sitting nearby to the students.

Today on, frequent contributing writer Jordan Catapano, himself an English teacher in the Chicago suburbs, addresses proximity control. His piece includes ways to use proximity control effectively, including:

  • Stand close, but don’t hover
  • Make yourself available
  • Avoid using words
  • And more!

Jordan sums up his article thusly: “Considering how easy and effective good proximity control can be, it’s almost a given that the effective teacher will employ this simple technique in their classroom. So as you look for ways to respectfully redirect student attention and subtly reinforce your high standards, get on your feet and make yourself physical present around your students!”

How and when do you use proximity control in your classroom?

Professional Development: Reasons to Love Being a Teacher

All of us might need a reminder of why we’ve embarked upon the education profession, and recently, frequent contributor Janelle Cox offered up just that with an article that stirs us to remember why we became teachers.

Some of Janelle’s reasons to remember why to love being a teacher:

    You Are Making a Difference
    You Can Express Your Creative Side
    You are an Inspiration
    It Keeps You on Your Toes

Overall, this article serves as a pleasant reminder of why we became teachers in the first place.

What are your top reasons for loving teaching? Is there anything we should add to the list?