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7 terrible classroom mistakes you don’t know you’re making

While you might think you’re on the right track on managing your students’ behavior and maintaining order in the classroom.  However, there are so many mistakes that you could be making without even realizing it that can result in things like;

  • Chaos & poor hygiene
  • Bad academic performance
  • Disrespectful behavior towards the teacher

In this article, I’ll help you identify the few errors that you might be making and a couple of solutions that you can implement to solve these problems.

1. Reacting to surface-level behavior (and ignoring the underlying cause)

For any student’s behavior, there is always a cause, and that’s what usually has to be addressed instead of the act. Examples of bad behaviors and their causes include;

  • Dodging classes due to peer pressure
  • Bullying and teasing other students because of personal psychological problems
  • Dodging all cleaning programs because of an allergy

To properly address these issues, you must meet the student and ask them why they acted the way they did, and whatever you’ll do next will be determined by the answer you get.

2. Taking some issues lightly

As a teacher, it’s important that you don’t take anything lightly, whether it has caused a slight disruption or not. Even though you might not want to address the issue yet, you have to take note of it.

On the other hand, ignoring certain issues will do more harm than good, as chaos will seemingly suddenly erupt and you won’t have anything to do about it.

3. Criticizing every minor infraction

Yeah I know I talked about the need for you to notice any and every behavior that your students display, but you don’t have to confront them on literally everything. This is because;

  • Sometimes, you’ll be wrong, and that’ll affect your image
  • Students will get used to your reproach, and start being indifferent with your warnings
  • They might keep doing the same thing, but hide it from you

Sometimes it’s hard to determine when to speak up about a students’ behavior. However, I believe that it’s better when you’re in position to show that you’ve been observing them for a while.

4. Discriminating between learners

As a teacher, the urge to feel a particular leaning and inclination toward a student or group of students is perfectly human, though not recommended for you. To manage your classroom well, you have to be neutral to all students regardless of;

  • Tribe
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Personal interests

If you aren’t fair about your approach to learners, it will soon cause problems that arise from discontentment and bitterness thereof.

5. Public shaming

Sometimes when you make a slight joke about a student, fellow students will encourage you with a laugh, and who wouldn’t want to be the funny guy? However, there are some things you’ll say that will make students feel bad like;

  • Calling names
  • Pinning names of low performers
  • Ridiculing students due to their academic performance
  • Body shaming

These kinds of public shaming can be extremely detrimental to the establishment of order in your classroom in ways like;

  • Causing low self-esteem in the victims
  • Breeding resentment of you and your lessons
  • Causing conflict or even altercations among students as some try to make fun of their peers in a similar way.

6. Expecting automatic compliance

As you set your rules and regulations for your students, there are so many times that you’ll find resistance. However, this will hit you even harder if you expected automatic compliance from your students.

As humans, we hate rules, even though we know that they’re the only thing that keeps us in check and prevents chaos. You should know this as you deal with your students.

7. Holding on to your biases

There are so many reasons why you could be biased about a student or group of students based on things like;

  • Their physical appearance
  • Previous academic performance
  • Past disciplinary record
  • Tribe and other affiliations

Being biased about students will make throw you into the trap of making the wrong decisions about students in response to their behavior.

8. Sounding warnings after crimes have already been committed

Every class teacher must have a set of rules and regulations to govern the class and keep the students in check. However, it’s always hard to warn your students or unleash your golden set of rules after they’ve already broken them.

9. Micromanaging your students

Even though students are this rebellious gang on young people that think they got it all figured out, they’re not supposed to be monitored in a way that will always affect their focus, concentration and comfort.

This is why you have to outsource some things to your class leaders so that they can help you control the classroom.


Even though your expertise will do a lot to determine how you handle your students, sometimes and almost all the time, you’ll make mistakes. However, this doesn’t mean that your career shall be affected by those mistakes if you can find ways to correct them.

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