At the beginning of the school year, let students sit where they want for a few days.
Then about the third day tell them that the next class period they should find a seat that they will keep permanently all year.
Now retired, he works part-time as a classroom management coach helping teachers who are having difficulties maintaining order in their classrooms.
In the summer, he works part-time at Y camps teaching staff how to deal with camper behavior problems and teaching campers canoeing and wilderness skills.
If there is a discussion going, direct a question to the student who is not paying attention or misbehaving.
For example, say “Kevin, would you agree that the Battle of New Orleans was the turning point of the War of 1812?
Once students learn there will be consequences for misbehavior, they usually come around.
Here are three steps to help you set up consequences: Classroom management, especially with elementary and junior high age students, never ends.” Hearing his name will snap Kevin back to the class activity having the same effect without embarrassing him as if you had said, “Kevin, pay attention!” Remember to use his name when you begin to speak, otherwise he may not hear the question.If there is no penalty for not working, they have no reason to work.Class goes so much better when you can see your students. Position yourself so that most, if not all of the class is visible. That means the lesson won’t be started, the lecture won’t begin, and nothing will be written on the overhead until everyone is in his or her seat paying attention.