This course is focused on creating a classroom environment where students feel engaged, related, and safe. The course will assist candidates in utilizing prevention strategies to maintain student behavior, facilitate research-based instruction to help prevent behavior issues, and communicate effectively with families. Finally, the course will focus on the use of intervention strategies to deal with challenging behavior like fear, sadness, and anger.
The course project, Classroom Management Plan: Establishing and Maintaining Positive Secondary Learning Environments, will serve as a guide in establishing a plan for the candidate's own classroom. Candidates will develop and communicate a personal philosophy for creating a positive classroom environment, identify student motivation approaches, establish rules and procedures, create a plan for communicating with families and the community, and list strategies for dealing with students with challenging behaviors and diverse needs. It will include an accumulation of lesson plans, video recorded candidate/student or candidate/family interactions, and a final reflection about what candidates learned and still need to learn about managing their classroom environments.
Course Learning Objectives
- Develop a philosophical model of classroom management and discipline.
- Organize the classroom, plan for the first few days of school, and create a positive, classroom climate.
- Manage the learning environment to enhance student motivation.
- Establish rules and procedures that foster a positive learning environment.
- Maintain appropriate student behavior using prevention strategies.
- Manage problem behavior using intervention strategies.
- Effectively address issues of diversity in order to create an inclusive classroom environment.
- Demonstrate effective communication strategies with families and students.
There will be 50 hours of field-based activities that must be done at a field-based secondary 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.