Classroom Management: 4 Key Factors to Consider
Classroom management is aimed at providing students with more opportunities to learn all of the things that a teacher does to organize students, space, time, and materials so that students´ learning can take place effectively and efficiently. Students should be able to exert their maximum potential, which allows students to develop acceptable behavior patterns. Teachers should deal with unpredictable problems and have the ability to control student behavior, using effective classroom management strategies. Effective classroom management and positive classroom climate construction are essential objectives for all teachers. Everything a teacher does has implications for classroom management, including creating the setting, decorating the room, arranging the chairs, speaking to children and handling their responses, putting routines in place (and then executing, modifying, and reinstituting them), developing rules, and communicating those rules to the students. These are all aspects of classroom management.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Ayman M. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
A system of rules often comes to mind at the mention of classroom management, but the critical component of teaching is much more. Classroom management establishes a set of expectations used in an organized classroom environment. It includes routines, rules, and consequences. Effective classroom management paves the way for the teacher to engage the students in learning.
1. Effectual Teaching
A disorganized classroom without routines and expectations makes it difficult for the teacher to do her – his job. Students don't know what to do and how to behave, so they could get off task or cause disruptions. When the teacher is constantly redirecting students or handling behavior problems, she loses crucial teaching time. Classroom management strategies help create an organized classroom environment that's conducive to teaching. students know the expectations in different types of learning situations. For example, kids would know that when working in small groups, they talk in quiet voices and take turns talking. They might each have a specific job within the group.
2. Time issues
Taking time before school starts to create routines and procedures saves the teacher time in the long run. When the students know what to do, it becomes a natural part of the routine. After a few weeks, the teacher doesn't need to tell them what to do. The students know they get their planners out, write in homework assignments and gather all of their materials at the end of the day, for example. The teacher can get kids out the door faster at the end of the day. When the teacher trains them on how to do each part of the school day, he doesn't spend as much time giving directions.
A teacher with strong classroom management skills can create consistency for his students. The kids know what to expect every day when it comes to the routine activities. his students might fare better when he is gone if he has set expectations for everyday tasks. They know how the classroom runs so they can help the substitute run the classroom. For example, if the kids know they're supposed to enter the room and start working on a math problem on the board, a substitute doesn't have to spend his time corralling the kids or trying to keep them occupied while everyone arrives. he can also create consistency throughout the school by aligning his management strategies with the school-wide standards. If his school focuses on respect and responsibility, incorporate them into his classroom management techniques. The students will hear those words throughout the school and know what the expectations are the same anywhere in the building.
4. Maintaining a healthy Learning Environment
Classroom management also includes maintaining the learning environment through decision-making about students and the classroom. Maintaining a learning environment entails teachers to continuously monitor their students. Continuous monitoring includes watching student behavior closely, correcting inappropriate behavior before it’s getting worse, dealing consistently with misbehavior, and attending to student learning. In terms of monitoring both student behavior and learning, effective teachers regularly survey their class or group and watch for signs of student confusion or inattention. Maintaining effective management involves keeping an eye out for when students appear to have problems in any field while learning.
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