Modeling Ethical Conduct in the Classroom
It is essential to a successful teaching career to promote moral behaviour among students in the classroom. There are many different theories regarding the management of student behaviour; however, at their core, each one is built on the foundation of a shared belief system held by the institution. As a result, a classroom instructor needs to allot a sufficient amount of time to establishing and reinforcing those beliefs with his or her students. They will help you get through some challenging days throughout the school year if they are understandable and accepted by you.
Effective educators always begin with the end goal of improving their students’ lives in mind. They may enter the classroom with a positive attitude toward the new school year, but all too often, this enthusiasm is quickly replaced by apathy. Some of the students don’t appear to be ready to learn, while others skip class on a consistent basis. It can be a burden to try to teach students who lack motivation because it can lead to feelings of frustration. No matter how much you pool your capacity for motivating others, you are bound to experience frustration with at least one of the children no matter how much you try to motivate them. Even the entirety of society bears some responsibility for the absence of standards that are considered acceptable. The behaviours of poor manners and impoliteness are encouraged by television. Because of this, it is extremely important for our classrooms to teach ethical behaviour. Respect is the cornerstone of ethical behaviour; this includes respect for oneself as well as respect for others.
Teaching students how to engage in active listening is one of the first steps. People’s ability to actively listen to one another has evolved to the point where it is no longer a natural talent. The majority of us spend our days being submerged in a sea of noise and distractions brought on by various forms of technology and the media. As a consequence of this, the classroom needs to transform into a remedy for the rest of the world. If a student is able to gain knowledge from others by attentively taking in what they have to say, then that student has the opportunity to think for themselves. When there is attentive listening in the classroom, the result is something like this created by the instructor.
Attention and Orchestration
The ability to pay attention intently is an important first step in the educational process; to actually expose one’s mind in the here and now to new and distinct concepts and to listen to the discourse of others are the essential first steps in the educational process of an individual. In order to maintain ethical behaviour, each student in the classroom must prioritise their own respect and well-being as the primary drivers of educational progress. You, as their teacher, are the conductor of this performance. Because of respect and compassion, it is impossible to ignore inappropriate behaviour. They need to be addressed without disrupting the normal flow of educational activities.
When students enter your classroom for the first time, the first thing they will notice is the foundation, which includes your classroom motto, mission, pertinent quotations, bulletin boards, the arrangement of desks, and the cleanliness of the room. The following are some straightforward activities that may result in long-term benefits.
Make sure that you turn to face the other students who are talking in the classroom.
Position yourself so that you have clear sightlines and can see everyone else around you.
Mention the students’ positive behaviour and the successful completion of their assignments a greater number of times than you mention the students’ mistakes.
When a student is making a particularly significant point, you should either sit down or make an obvious pause to listen.
Everything is a Contribution
Put ideas that are worth considering on the board for others to see later.
In order for students to learn how to connect what they are saying to the ideas of the person who spoke before them, it is important to teach the art of piggybacking ideas during classroom discussions.
Keep in mind that your presence in the room acts as a model for the mission that you are on.
Everything contributes to the whole.
Imagine that the behaviour you consider to be oppositional is actually a sincere attempt to contribute. It is disrespectful, to be sure; however, it can also be seen as an attempt on the part of a student to take away knowledge and power from you. In light of this, pay close attention to the moments and the means by which a student diverts attention away from the material you are teaching and places it on him or herself. Pay attention to what they say and/or do in order to decipher the deeper meaning. Why does a student feel the need to subvert the authority that has been established in the classroom? What kind of power structure has been put in place? Show that you are paying attention to even the most irrelevant details of what they have to say, even if they are completely off topic. Students need to be motivated to maintain their level of achievement in the classroom, and receiving recognition for their efforts is an effective way to do so.
Throughout the course of the school year, it is essential to encourage ethical behaviour. Do not give up. It is just as important to teach everyone to respect one another as it is to learn your subject! Teachers are responsible not only for imparting knowledge, but also for instilling in their students the moral conduct that has, for far too long, been overlooked in our larger society.