The issue of classroom management has been a long-standing concern of educators and the public. Today, the concept of discipline, with the idea of dealing with misbehavior, has been replaced by a more comprehensive approach to creating classroom environments in which students' personal and academic needs are met, thus preventing behavior problems in the first place. Successful teachers are more than disciplinarians. They are effective managers of instruction, the classroom/school environment, and student behavior.
Candidates will develop and communicate a personal philosophy for creating a classroom or building environment that works, identifying student motivation approaches, teaching a lesson for establishing rules or procedures, listing strategies for dealing with students who have challenging behaviors and diverse needs, and creating tools for communicating with families and the community.
There will be 50 hours of field-based activities that must be done at a field-based elementary school. This will provide candidates opportunities to complete assignments that require application of information and knowledge in authentic setting. A description of the activities and reflections on the results will be chronicled in the Reflective Journal that is used in all courses that require field work.
Course Learning Objectives
- Select and implement a philosophical model of classroom management and discipline.
- Organize the physical and instructional environment, and set expectations for learning and behavior.
- Create a respectful, supportive learning environment that motivates students to learn.
- Utilize prevention strategies to maintain classroom behavior.
- Develop a repertoire of intervention strategies to deal with challenging or violent students.
- Address issues of diversity in order to create an inclusive classroom environment.
- Establish ongoing communication and involvement with families, colleagues, administrators, and the community.