3.3 Implement general principles of good classroom management.
What does this objective mean?
Classroom management is the art of maintaining a healthy balance between discipline and student participation, while ensuring the environment is one which encourages students to learn. Classroom management is often most successful when students participate in the creation of rules, and teachers reward positive behavior instead of solely focusing on the negative.
Why is this objective important for teachers?
The classroom environment is one of the biggest determining factors in the effectiveness of instruction. If students like coming to class each day, and feel as though they are an important part of a community, they are more likely to actively participate in the classroom activities and engage in their own learning. This type of environment is established through clear expectations, fair rules, and consistent enforcement of class policies. The system does not have to be harsh, or even solely teacher-directed; often students do well when given class jobs, as this helps to promote responsibility and the sanctity of classroom expectations.
The most important aspect of classroom management is the consistency, and teachers will find the more consistent they are with the consequences and rewards, the faster and with greater enthusiasm, children will respond. Like anything else, classroom management is the result of hard work and dedication, but it will result in a learning environment that is both structured and highly positive for students and teachers alike.