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Classroom Management Without Yelling

Janelle Cox

Is it possible to use classroom management to keep control without yelling at your students? It’s easy to lose your temper when dealing with disorderly students. However, yelling is never the answer. If you don’t have an effective classroom management for behavior program in place, dealing with disobedient students can be quite a challenge. Here are a the top reasons you should never yell at students, as well as a few classroom management tips on how you can keep classroom control without yelling.

Classroom Management: Top Reasons to Not Yell at Students

Dealing with unruly students can get frustrating. However, losing your cool and yelling can be a costly mistake. Here’s why.

It’s Only Temporary

The change in students’ behavior is only temporary. The reason it works temporarily is because teachers are an authority figure, which can be intimidating for students.

It Won’t Change the Students’ Behavior

Studies show that yelling will not change the students’ behavior, it can actually make it worse. Research shows that students who get yelled at have an increased risk of depression and aggressive behavior. The behavior will only change when the students want it to change, not because you yell at them to change it.

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It Damages Your Relationship with the Student

Teachers who yell (especially at the same student) will sabotage their student/teacher relationship.  If you are always yelling, the student will resent you and never learn from you.

It Makes You a Bad Role Model

Teachers are role models and are supposed to be a person who their students can look up to. However, if you react with your emotions instead of your brain, you are providing students with what they should not act like, not what they should act like.

It Veers You Off Your Behavior Management Plan

Teachers who yell at their students all the time, usually tend to veer from their behavior management plan. When you do this, students learn quickly what they can and cannot get away with. If students know that the only repercussion is that they will get yelled at from their teacher, then their behavior will never change.

How to Keep Control Without Yelling

There are many ways that you can maintain classroom control without yelling. Here are a few teaching strategies that many educators find to be effective.

Establishing Classroom Rules

It’s hard for students to conform and be successful in your classroom if there aren’t any rules or expectations. Establish a classroom set of rules and expectations from the moment your students enter the door. For older students, it’s wise to create the rules together as a class. Students are more likely to follow the rules that they’ve created rather then follow rules that have been created for them.

Sticking to Regular Routines

As you know, children thrive on routine. The key to a maintaining classroom control is to have a routine for absolutely everything. From entering and exiting the classroom to walking in the halls and going to the restroom, you should have a routine for it. Students need to know what is expected of them and routines are a great way to help control the classroom.

Keeping Students Engaged at All Times

Keeping students actively involved in their learning keeps them busy. When students are busy, they are engaged, and when they are engaged, they are less likely to act out. Try and mix things up throughout the day. For example, for one lesson, students are up and moving around the classroom with a gallery walk, another lesson they are working in cooperative learning groups, and so on. The more you change things up the more your students will stay engaged in what they are learning.

No matter how frustrated you may get, yelling should never be an option. They key to keeping your composure is to take a deep a breath and follow your behavior management plan. When you have a plan that you stick to, you’ll find everything will be easier to deal with.  

How to you maintain classroom control without raising your voice? Do you have any classroom management tips to share? Please share your ideas in the comment section below. We would love to hear your thoughts.


Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.