Unit 1: Classroom Management and Its Importance

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Let's Get Started

Alright! I am glad you are here and hope you are ready to make some great discoveries about classroom management!

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To start off this unit, I want you to think about what the term classroom management means to you. If you have a pen and paper handy, jot down a few thoughts on the subject, or if you are technologically savvy (which you must be if you are taking this course, wink wink), maybe type it out in a word document. No, this is not a test question; it is purely a tool for you to use to reflect back on after completing this course.


Myth vs. Truth

Now let's take a few moments to address some common misconceptions of classroom management (many of which I fell for too):


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Myth ₪ Classroom management is strictly discipline!

Truth♦ Actually, classroom management is about much more than just the discipline aspect. Classroom management is about setting the vibe of the classroom for your students. This includes daily routines and rituals, the handling of different situations (i.e. going to the bathroom, sharpening pencils), student behavior, and so on. Students not only need set routines and rules, they actually like them (though I doubt you can get them to admit it).


Myth ₪ I don't need a classroom management plan! I'll just wing it!

Truth♦ Try it...I dare you! Entering the classroom with a management plan in place is critical in determining how the rest of your school year will go. Without one, your classroom will end up being loud, unorganized, and an ineffective learning environment.


Myth ₪ If my original classroom management plan fails, I will lose control of the classroom for the rest of the year!!

Truth♦ Though, it may feel that way when it happens, it is definitely not true. When one plan fails, another plan can replace it. You are a teacher, and you know everyday is like a new experiment to see which methods are effective and which are not. Because of this reason, you assess your lessons. Classroom management plans are no different. In the case of a failed plan, you can and will re-establish it - don't worry!

Definition & Importance

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If you research the meaning of classroom management, you will run into a variety of definitions. Instead of scoring each definition as better or worse, I suggest that the combination of them all is the key to finding the ultimate denotation. To save you the time and stress of looking up the definitions for yourself, I will provide you with a list of a few of them right below. For those of you who are auditory learners, there is also an audio clip of the definitions. Try to read and/or listen carefully so that you can really get an understanding of the many aspects that make up classroom management. Audio Classroom Management Definitions


  • Classroom manangement is the full range of teacher efforts to oversee classroom activities, including learning, social interaction, and student behaviour (Unal & Unal, 2012, p. 41).
  • Classroom management revolves around teachers’ and students’ attitudes and actions that influence students’ behaviors in the classroom (Unal & Unal, 2012, p. 41).
  • Classroom management is a teacher’s efforts to establish and maintain the classroom as an effective environment for teaching and learning (Unal & Unal, 2012, p. 41).
  • Classroom management is two levels of management: (a) the prevention of problems, (b) responses when problems do occur (Unal & Unal, 2012, p. 41).
  • Classroom management is a process of organizing and structuring classroom events for student learning (Wong et al., 2012, p. 60).
  • Classroom management includes five critical features: (a) maximize structure, (b) post, teach, review, monitor and reinforce expectations, (c) actively engage students in observable ways, (d) use a continuum of strategies for responding to appropriate behaviors, and (e) use a continuum of strategies to respond to inappropriate behaviors (MacSuga & Simonsen, 2011, p. 4).
  • Classroom management includes developing a set of class rules, specifying procedures for daily tasks, or developing a consequence hierarchy (Sayeski & Brown, 2011, p. 8).


As you can see, classroom management covers many important aspects that are essential to the creation of an effective learning environment. Reading and/or listening to these definitions should make you aware of the importance of classroom management. However, just to make sure you really grasp its importance, let us think about what happens when classroom management plans are not in place.

  • Poor classroom management results in lost instructional time, feelings of inadequacy, and stress (Sayeski & Brown, 2011, p. 8).
  • Teachers with no structured classroom management skills contributed to negative student outcomes. Poor classroom management skills often contributed to stigmatizing students who internalized the labels "mean," "bad," or "crazy" and by misbehaving, reflected back to the teacher and/or school the negative labels applied on them (Reglin et al., 2012, p. 5).
  • Results of poor classroom management include: noisy talking, walking aimlessly, and inappropriate use of classroom materials (Erdogan et al., 2010, p. 887).

Beyond the negatives impacts of poor classroom management, research has continuously shown that one of the keys to success in teaching is the teacher's ability to manage the classroom and to organize instruction. A meta-analysis of the past 50 years of classroom research identified classroom management as the most important factor, even above student aptitude, affecting student learning (Unal & Unal, 2012, p. 42).

Task

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Click on the link below to answer the question for this unit.

Classroom Management Definition

As you can see, there are many definitions of classroom management based on individual perspectives. There is no “right answer.” Your thoughts are just as valuable as others’.



Reflection

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Before moving on to Unit Two, reflect on the question: Why is classroom management important? There is no need to write or type an answer - I just want you to think about it.





Unit Two Unit 2: Strategies and Methods

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