Classroom Management

First of all – thank you for participating in the latest poll!

The Results:

What word comes to mind when you hear the words Classroom Management?

60% Procedures

30% Relationships

5% Rules

5% Discipline

I attended a Learning Forward Conference this past week and went to a session on classroom management and new teachers.  The session was led by Tracey Garrett who is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Rider University in New Jersey.  She shared three Key Points that I would like to share with you.

Key Point #1

Common Misconceptions

  • Classroom management is synonymous with discipline.
  • A well-managed classroom is a quiet classroom.
  • An effective classroom management plan relies on rewards and punishments.
  • Engaging instruction is classroom management.

Reflect on these misconceptions briefly by answering which of the four misconceptions has influenced your beliefs about classroom management?

For me at the beginning of my career I was wrapped up in misconception 3 – rewards and punishments.  I learned that rewarding students for doing things they are already intrinsically motivated to do was a practice that I could let go of and hold on to more of my own money for those treasure chest items!  *However, I am also not saying rewarding students unexpectedly is always a bad thing.  Moderation and intentional are the words to remember.

Key Point #2

Goal of Classroom Management

  • Develop an environment conducive to academic and social learning.

Key Point #3

  • Classroom management is a strategic, ongoing process consisting of key actions that teachers must address to create an environment for learning.

She shared a model with us that she uses with her entry year teachers in New Jersey:

Prevention = Physical Design, Establishing Rules and Routines, Develop relationships, and Implement Engaging Instruction

Response = Addressing Discipline

One part of the model is not sufficient.  You can’t just build relationships and have classroom management without considering the other preventive pieces of the model.  It is not easy and it is an ongoing process so have faith and keep working on your strategies!