A class monitor is a student who assists a teacher in routine duties such as maintaining discipline in the teacher’s absence, leading the class through various activities, thereby being a role model for the rest of the students.
How is a class monitor selected?
A class teacher usually selects a class monitor who is well-mannered, responsible and proactive, besides being good at academics. In certain schools, students are given the responsibility of electing one of their classmates as the class monitor. Some schools provide a chance to all students one by one to be the class monitor for short periods of time, thereby instilling leadership and people skills in each student.
Behavioral tips for becoming a good class monitor
It is important for the monitor to set behavioral standards for other students to consider him or her as a role model. “The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves”, said Ray Kroc, a very successful American businessman. Therefore, a class monitor must be well-mannered and should excel in communication skills. Here are some tips to hone your leadership skills:
1.Analyse your strengths.
Having insight into your own strengths enables you to push yourself further to set higher yet achievable aims. It helps maintain the teachers’ trust in your abilities, and help your classmates rely on you as well.
2. Involve yourself in extracurricular activities.
Join different activity groups in your school such as science club, writers’ club, cricket team, theatre society and dance groups to lead your classmates in such activities. This will help develop interests in your classmates and motivate them to participate.
3. Take actions.
Be prompt in your actions; do not always wait for the teachers to assign duties. In case of a problem, immediately inform people who can find solutions or take initiatives to solve it.
4. Foster growth.
Usually, the class monitor is good in academics. However, you must not look down on anyone who is not good at studies. Instead, you should help them realize their potential and caliber and aid their growth.
5. Be respectful.
You may sometimes disagree with other students or people in authority, but ensure that you never disrespect them. Be polite and respect their opinions even if you want to voice your disagreement.
6. Be punctual and organized.
These two qualities make a huge difference in how people view you. Therefore, lead your class in being punctual, so that it inspires your classmates and in turn, the whole class makes a good impression on teachers. To do that, you need to organize your daily activities for better time management.
7. Don’t bully anyone.
As a class monitor, you are most likely to be approached by your classmates with various problems, some of which might even be private. Do not gossip about them with your peers or take advantage of such information to bully them.
8. Be fair and impartial.
Do not give in to peer pressure and treat your classmates differently. Be fair to everyone in the class. If your friends are making noise, report about them to the teacher as you would report about others. While activities are being conducted, do not choose your friends only; allow everyone a fair chance to participate. This will help your classmates trust you.
9. Improve your communication skills.
You are in a position where good written and spoken communication skills are necessary to express yourself clearly. , It is also imperative for you to listen patiently to your classmates and ensure that everybody’s voice is heard.
10. Be resourceful.
As the class leader, you need to come up with solutions for daily trivialities. Instead of looking for the teacher at every turn, try to find solutions to problems. For example, if the teacher has trouble with materials needed for an activity, help them out by suggesting alternatives or if the class is unable to find time for some extracurricular activity, bring it to the teacher’s attention and find a way
11. Be open-minded and flexible.
In some situations, standard solutions might not work. There might be cases where your leadership is challenged — some might find faults in how you manage the class in the teacher’s absence. In such cases, it is always better to be open-minded and flexible towards those issues, rather than taking the traditional way out.
Are you aware of your daily duties as a class monitor? If you are not sure, check out our concise duty roster given below:
Checklist of duties for a class monitor
12. Know your school and class well.
You should be aware of the details of your school — the building, the teaching and non-teaching staff, the annual school schedule and the school rules. This will help you to remain organized, facilitate communication and maintain school-ordained decorum within the sphere of the classroom.
13. Be the official channel between teacher and class.
You are a channel of communication between the teacher and the class. The important announcements from the authorities have to be forwarded to the class by you. Moreover, you have to inform the teachers about the problems faced by the class since you are their representative.
14. Maintain discipline in the absence of teachers.
In case the teacher is absent or late, make sure that the class is not making noise. You can think of an activity to engage your classmates in the absence of the teacher. However, you should ensure that the nearby classrooms are not disturbed.
15. Collect homework on time and distribute the corrected papers.
Remember the homework schedule, double check with the teacher at the end of each period and remind your classmates about the submission date of the homework at the end of school every day. Before the beginning of each period, make sure all students submit their homework. Make a note of the students who do not and report them to the teacher.
17. Lead your classmates through the school activities.
Keep a check on the activity schedule of the class and the school and make sure that your classmates are ready for the activities. Coordinate properly with other class monitors in case of intra-school activities. Help other students with their class projects and presentations.
18. Ensure that the materials required in the classroom are present.
You should make sure that the classroom has all the materials required for lessons/activities, such as chalk, duster, whiteboard markers and enough activity supplies. Also, make sure to bring the attendance register at the beginning of each class and take it back to the office at the end of the day, in case it is not kept in class. Take charge of the keys of the class cabinet. Furthermore, you should report any damage of furniture or electrical appliances of the classroom to the teacher.
19. Help your classmates improve through peer-learning.
Most schools implement peer-learning as an integral part of the academic activities; it helps students learn faster, especially students who are too shy to speak about their problems. You, as a class monitor, should ensure that peer-learning is properly executed and see that everyone benefits from it.
The position of the class monitor is an important part of your personal growth. It is, therefore, important to remember not to get high-headed with time. Stay friendly to maintain strong relationships with everyone in the class.
This way, you can be a successful class monitor.