Classroom Management

In order to create and maintain a positive learning community in the classroom, the teacher needs to practice good classroom management. In the classroom there must be a mutual respect between the teacher and the student, allowing for positive relationships to form and flourish. The teacher must also create a balance of power between his or her self and the students, allowing the students to feel like they have a say in their education and a sense of control. By maintaining this kind of classroom, the educator is facilitating an environment that will encourage the students to want to learn and to remain engaged in learning. Achieving this kind of classroom environment is no easy task for a teacher, requiring that the educator put forth an abundance of effort to work toward and maintain a healthy learning community. Through research aimed to figure out what exactly a teacher needs to do to maintain classroom management, educational experts like Doug Lemov have stated the importance of teaching more classroom management skills to students who are learning how to become teachers (Green).

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In the world of education, there is constant discussion and debate concerning classroom management. There are individuals who believe that it is an innate gift to be able to engage and maintain the students. There are also other individuals who have done extensive research on classroom management along with the teaching philosophies and styles of educators and found that being able to maintain this positive learning community is not innate, but rather an application of learned skills. Educational guru Doug Lemov stresses the importance of classroom management as a learned skill, and also stresses that educators who maintain the power role and overly stress the rules of the classrooms will be less successful than the educators who share some of their power with their students (Green).
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There are many ways to engage the students’ attention and interest in the classroom. Every individual student is different, therefore the strategies that educators use in the classroom will differ based on the needs of the particular class and student. One example is to integrate more organized group projects into the classroom. In groups students are able to bounce ideas off of each other and have more control over their work. Another activity would be to discuss the goals and guidelines of the classroom via suggestions and thoughts from the students rather than a generic standard. This integrates the power of democracy in the classroom, teaching the students that they have a say, but are also expected to maintain those ideals that they have created.

Webliography

http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=BVM2ml2Q-QgC&oi=fnd&pg=PA1&dq=classroom+management&ots=GcqH2RS9SW&sig=T2K8yjzPH7O8yAH2yvrpzJ8mfDM#v=onepage&q=classroom%20management&f=false

http://unh-ed604.wikispaces.com/file/view/Building+a+Better+Teacher.pdf/379480824/Building%20a%20Better%20Teacher.pdf

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/top-5-ways-practice-classroom-management-right-start

Shannon Erickson