- Set the tone and expectation of behavior early in your class. Tell them "good morning" and let them greet you back and greet each other as well.
- After they've greeted each other take a few moments to remind them of the basic rules (they can tell you what they are) and let them know what they're going to do that day.
- Always use positive languange.
- Be consistent about your expectations. The younger the student, the less they see shades of gray.
- Have logical consequences and expect students to fix their mistakes. It's not enough just to tell them they shouldn't hit or call somebody stupid. They have to learn to apologize, clean it up, tell their parents they wrote on the table, etc. It never hurts to say, "What should we do about this?"
- Give students appropriate choices when possible. They feel a sense of control when they can decide a few things. "We can do this or this." "You can have red or green."
Always, always, always say 'goodbye' to your students and tell them what a great time you had learning about Jesus with them!