The Key Elements of Classroom Management: Managing Time and Space, Student Behavior, and Instructional Strategies

The Key Elements of Classroom Management: Managing Time and Space, Student Behavior, and Instructional Strategies

The Key Elements of Classroom Management: Managing Time and Space, Student Behavior, and Instructional Strategies

The Key Elements of Classroom Management: Managing Time and Space, Student Behavior, and Instructional Strategies

Synopsis

What all new and developing teachers need: the real basics of effective classroom management distilled in an easy-to-read guide they can quickly scan for time-saving tips or read in-depth to improve long-term performance. Three veteran teacher-authors explain the essentials:
• Setting up your classroom and establishing routines
• Pacing the curriculum and dealing with transitions and interruptions
• Preventing the most common discipline problems and effectively handling them when they occur
• Selecting the right instructional strategy to fit the students and the information to be learned

Excerpt

We never educate directly, but indirectly by means of the
environment.

—John Dewey (1944)

This is a new year and a new beginning. Whether you are returning to a school in which you are a veteran teacher, beginning your career as a new teacher, or a veteran teacher teaching in a new building, setting up your classroom space is the first assignment of a new school year. The way you set up your classroom largely determines the experiences you and your students share.

Deciding what type of seating arrangement you want depends upon the type of furniture you have, the space in your classroom, and your style of teaching. Other important decisions include determining the types of spaces you need for group and ongoing activities, individual workspaces, and permanent storage of materials and records. Your classroom’s visual appearance depends on what you do with bulletin boards, chalkboards, other wall spaces, and even the door to your classroom. Visitors form their first impressions of you and your classroom climate by observing the displays and the classroom arrangement.

Another important consideration is establishing traffic patterns to make movement in, out, and around your classroom efficient. Safety regulations and fire codes require that exits not be blocked and traffic patterns be established for emergency exit. In this chapter we examine the factors that facilitate the creation of a pleasing and efficient learning environment.

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