Classroom Management is imperative to a successful school year because it includes all of the practices and procedures that allow teachers to teach and students to learn. Without appropriate classroom management, even the best lesson plans will fail to succeed because it has such a huge impact on student achievement. Successful classroom management should begin the minute students walk into the classroom on the first day of school. Procedures and routines should be in place and followed through each day in order to create the best possible learning environment for each student. A good teacher will also take into consideration the needs and developmental levels of each individual student and do their best to meet everyone’s needs while encouraging critical thinking. There are numerous strategies to use; it is up to you as the teacher to find what works best for your students year after year. The first classroom strategy that I find most effective is to get to know your students. It is one that will work for everyone, year after year. By showing a genuine interest in your students, you show them that you care. I think that this is a part of classroom management because if students know that you care about them and are willing to get to know more about them, they will most often have more respect for you as a teacher and as a person, therefore working to be a better student in your class. Gaining the respect of your students is half of the battle of the teacher. This is true for any developmental level. An example of how knowing your student can encourage critical thinking would be any situation in which a teacher takes her knowledge of a student into consideration when creating a lesson. If the teacher can present information to her class in a way that they can relate to, or connect it to students’ experiences, they are catering a lesson to their needs, which makes for better understanding. Another
References: Charles, C.M., and Senter, G.W. (2008). Building Classroom Discipline. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.