Classroom Management Plan
Classroom management has garnered a negative connotation over the years. I intend on rectifying its notoriety with the help of my students. Although the term “management” accurately reflects the systematic, intentional, and multi-faceted elements of maintaining a successful classroom, another word that might supplant it is “empowerment.” As a prospective teacher, I hope to work closely with my students to develop the optimum environment conducive to learning. Accomplishing this will require that we implement a cohesive social contract with logical and relevant consequences tailored for our class, which should solidify our shared expectations and help meet the needs of every member in the class.
The key to having a successful classroom is to build a foundation for respect and caring. Relationships lie at the heart of our existence, and in the field of education, I feel that this is especially true. Often we experience the “problem behaviors” from our students because they feel little to no meaningful connection with us and the information we are trying to teach. As amateur teachers, we exacerbate matters when we take their behavior as a personal attack and refuse to reflect on our own actions that may fuel the behavior, mainly by placing the blame solely on them: “They are just acting out because they have nothing better to do than make my life miserable.” Essentially, this defeatist mentality brings about no results, save for the continuation of the problem.
I will prevent this gap from widening by modeling the principles of responsibility and integrity, and explicitly communicating to the students that is no less expected of them to perform in the same manner. By behaving in a professional yet kindly fashion, students will see that I am dedicated to the class and should react favorably as the class develops consistency in its performance over time.
Transformative classroom management begins with the teacher, and will slowly reach all of the students. Taking a step further to celebrate the cultural variety that each student brings to the classroom will prove beneficial in strengthening the “classroom empowerment” mantra that I have adopted. To empower a group, we must appreciate the effort and acknowledge the individuals within that group, also.
Assumptions of Young People and Learning
It is possible that many adolescents today are losing faith in the educational system, and doubt that it could meet their basic needs for growth. However, this does not mean that they lack curiosity about the world or that they do not enjoy learning. As a matter of fact, all human beings have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, whether it is knowledge about how the world operates, how a machine operates, or the purpose of their existence. Many young individuals, as well as some adults, maintain the...