How to Develop Classroom Presence (So Your Students Actually Pay Attention)

A teacher’s presence is an essential tool in classroom management. Having a weak voice is not just about talking too quietly. A teacher does not need to yell to be effective. Rather, a teacher needs to be confident. Choosing words carefully to avoid having a crutch word makes a teacher seem more confident. Also, be careful about posture. Being hunched over makes you seem less confident (and authoritative). Consider using a power pose in your posture.

Key Takeaways:

  • Teachers need to have a strong classroom presence and voice in order to be heard by their students.
  • Your unique “teacher voice” includes confidence, body language, tone, and intention.
  • Yelling is an act of desperation versus speaking with an air of confidence that lets students know you mean business.

““Yelling is always loud and is an act of desperation to get others to listen to you,” says C.W. You don’t need to yell at kids like a drill sergeant or resort to a shrill tone. In fact, it doesn’t take long for kids to learn to tune out teachers who are known as yellers.”

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