It is important that everyone behave in a manner that will create an optimal learning environment. The classroom should be a learning-centered environment in which students are unhindered by disruptive behavior.
♣Address Students Politely: An ideal way to make sure you handle yourself professionally is to model positive interactions in the classroom by addressing students politely. Call students by name, and use "please," "thank you" and "excuse me" whenever possible. Don't snap your fingers to get a student's attention and avoid raising your voice, unless there's an emergency or you're calling children in from recess. When you address a student's misconduct, use kind words and polite remarks, even if you're angry. You might say, "William, I saw you look over at Tope's test. Could you please explain why you did that?" Your polite communication shows students that you respect them. Always address parents with the same courtesy and respond to their phone calls, questions and complaints in a timely fashion.
♣Avoid Favoritism: Favoritism is unprofessional and leads to dissension in the classroom. You've likely heard the term "teacher's pet," but showing preference for a particular student, or a group of students — such as the girls — makes you appear inexperienced and biased. "Favoritism is an insidious snake that wriggles unnoticed under your classroom door, poisoning morale from the inside out." Favoritism is a poor behavioral pattern because it leaves some students out in the cold, resulting in feelings of animosity toward you and other classmates. The goal is to reflect unbiased behavior, making all of your students feel accepted and appreciated.
♣Follow Through with Decisions: Professionalism in the classroom requires following through with decisions. Even if you're having a bad day, following through with your lesson plans is usually the best decision, especially if your students were asked to prepare for the assignment. Professional manners show students that you expect more of yourself than you do of them, leaving little room for complaints about your classroom management style or expectations. Of course, there's always flexibility if going in a different direction benefits the class — administration of punishment for disruptive behavior, incomplete assignments, cheating or disrespect behavior also shows your willingness to follow through, even in difficult circumstances.
♣Create a Positive Environment: One of the most productive and professional manners you can show your classroom is a positive outlook. The more you complain, blame or criticize, the more you'll lose respect and come across as overly authoritarian. Negative comments — such as, “It's obvious that nobody knows what a balanced diet is. It looks like many of you will fail the test on Friday" — should be avoided,replace those types of statements with positive remarks that affirm your students. "It looks like we're having some trouble with defining balanced diet; let’s review those again so your test on Friday will be easy, is a better way to interact with your students. Showing enthusiasm for classroom assignments: praising students for their accomplishments, encouraging friendly conversation and maintaining an upbeat atmosphere make students of all ages feel better about themselves and the class as a whole. A positive outlook will likely make your day more enjoyable and satisfying.