Although a thorough understanding of mathematics and the learning of mathematics are very important to a successful math classroom, one of the most important aspects that creates a good learning environment is classroom management. Without a classroom that is organized and disciplined, learning is close to impossible. This is why I believe that it is imperative that a teacher begins a classroom with a well thought out management plan. I think that this plan should just provide a base for the classroom, and should be structured around prevention, respect and consistency.
Although discipline problems are inevitable in any classroom, prevention through set rules and an interesting curriculum can offset many distractions in the learning environment. I think that as a teacher, an initial discussion of classroom rules and making your expectations clear from the beginning can help students understand what you want from them. Although I don’t think it is necessary to bombard students on the first day with regulations and state what isn’t allowed in the class, I think it’s important to emphasize what you want out of the class and stress that the classroom should be a positive learning community for all students.
In addition to clear and concise rules, good teaching strategies can also help prevent disruptions in a classroom. When students are engaged in interesting activities and enjoy being in class, there is less chance for outbreaks that disturb the class. This means that as a part of a discipline strategy, I think that teachers should incorporate many different teaching tactics and vary them often during the class. Although it may be hard to engage in exciting mathematics lessons at all times, just by keeping the momentum of the lesson going, students will be less apt to act out in class.
One of the main rules to set for the classroom and for the teacher to abide...