What is does good classroom management look like?
Classroom management refers to the wide variety of skills and techniques that teachers use to keep students organized, orderly, focused, attentive, on task, and academically productive during a class. When classroom-management strategies are executed effectively, teachers minimize the behaviors that impede learning for both individual students and groups of students, while maximizing the behaviors that facilitate or enhance learning.
From the Online Resource: The Glossary of Education Reform.
“All behaviour is communication. When we understand the reason behind the behaviour, we can support a child & implement strategies to help them with the big things & small things.”
source: Funtastic Early Childhood Ideas
Professional Competency #6, otherwise known as Classroom Management, is one of those competencies that can be best developed through practice and trial and error. With that said, it would be foolish to approach this competency without a well thought-out plan and a full toolbox of tricks and strategies. Good classroom management begins when we set the students up to succeed behaviourally and academically. The teachers’s attitude, the classroom environment, and the structuring of the school day are integral to this goal.
Please see the Sample Strategies Page to view strategies I have used or plan to use.