Classroom Discipline and Management for the Beginning Teacher
Affective teaching from a beginning teachers view deals with a lot of different concerns. “Beginning teachers deal with room discipline, motivating students, accommodating differences among students, evaluating students work, dealing with parents as the most serious challenges, and classroom management or maintaining classroom discipline” (Education, 2001, p.8). All these are main parts of what beginning teachers have concerns about. The focus of this paper will deal with classroom management and all the parts necessary to maintain classroom discipline.
Classroom discipline and management maybe among the most difficult challenges for beginning teachers (Gordon, 2001, p.1). “Classroom management is techniques used to maintain a healthy learning environment, relatively free of behavior problems. But at the same time it is unethical to use class management techniques just to keep students docile and quiet” (Education, 2001, p.436). Successful classroom management can set the stage for optimal learning, as well as reduce stress on the teacher. “Both professional and personal reasons underlie the need far a specific classroom management system. Virtually little or no learning can occur in a classroom bereft of effective management and discipline. In classes lacking discipline, precious learning time is wasted as the attempts to implement management strategies. “In all effective classroom management and discipline help teach students responsibility and self-control and it’s a lot less stress on you as a teacher” (Gordon, 2001, p.2). In all classroom management is set up for students to learn and feel comfortable doing it.
In order for students to learn, teachers must first create a positive environment for learning by implementing classroom management. “All classes should have a positive culture that reinforces certain values, such as respect and fairness, and makes students feel welcome and successful” (Brownell, 2001, p.2). After all it’s what the teacher does and enforces that makes for good classroom management. “A teacher’s ability to influence his or her classroom environment should not be underestimated. The teacher, who models a positive culture or attitude, is supportive of students and their efforts, and approaches behavior in appropriate ways will usually find that the class mirrors that image. This occurs subtlety because the students learn to act like the teacher by spending time under his or her tutelage” (Gordon, 2001, p.8). In all this statement says they learn what they are taught. So if you’re teaching good classroom management and behavior they will pick it up from you the teacher. You also want to keep students involved in the classroom.
Keeping students involved in the classroom and what they due will in turn help with classroom management and...