Classroom management is a term used by teachers to describe the process of ensuring that classroom lessons run smoothly despite disruptive behavior by students.  The term also implies the prevention of disruptive behavior.  It is possibly the most difficult aspect of teaching for many teachers; indeed experiencing problems in this area causes some to leave teaching altogether.

This is closely linked to issues of motivation, discipline and respect.  Methodologies remain a matter of passionate debate amongst teachers; approaches vary depending on the beliefs a teacher holds regarding educational psychology.  A large part of traditional classroom management involves behavior modification, although many teachers see using behavioral approaches alone as overly simplistic.  Many teachers establish rules and procedures at the beginning of the school year.

They also try to be consistent in enforcing these rules and procedures.  Many would also argue for positive consequences when rules are followed and negative consequences are broken.  These are newer perspective on classroom management that attempt to be holistic.  One example is affirmation teaching, which attempts to guide students toward success by helping them see how their effort pays off in the classroom.  It relies upon creating an environment where students are successful as a result of their own efforts.

By: Ms. Noemi H. Gutierrez | MT II – Mathematics | Mariveles National High School – Cabcaben

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