Classroom Management Plan
Building a strong, successful and caring relationship with my students is the backbone of my classroom management plan. My philosophy is that when there is mutual respect between me and my students, my class will run most smoothly. My experience has shown me that when the students respect and like their teacher, they perform the best for them. Therefore, by building this rapport with them, I prevent management problems and create a more pleasant environment for me and them.
This is fostered by maintaining a cooperative working environment between me and my students and among the students themselves. They are aware of my expectations of them and are amenable to them. In the same token, they have expectations of me as a teacher that I must live up to. They must be fair, and fairly equal. For example, since I believe organization is key in the study of mathematics, I expect their notebooks and homework to be highly organized as well. The message would be lost if I did not hold myself to the same level of organization. Therefore, lesson plans must be organized, thought through and pre-planned. The classroom must have an orderly appearance, and have orderly routines. By establishing this type of environment, students feel at ease and can feel successful in their maintenance of it.
A feeling of fairness thought by the students also fosters mutual respect. This is paramount in the eyes of the students. If they believe another student is receiving special treatment, or on the other hand, receiving overly harsh consequences, they begin to doubt the sincerity of the teacher. Then, respect from them is lost. That said, there are several ways to promote a feeling of fairness from the students. One is by creating a feeling of democracy in the classroom. They want to be a part of the decision making process of the class. Another is by ensuring that learning goals and behavior goals are clearly stated and unwavering. Failing to follow through with consequences causes murky expectations, clouds fairness and creates management problems. Assessment must also be considered fair in the eyes of the students. Some complain of not being “good test-takers”, others complain of difficulty of focusing for long periods of time. Criteria for assessing student work must be clearly defined and there must be several different methods of assessment to consider the needs of different learning styles.
In general, young people want to learn. They want to perform well for adults who they respect. They respect adults who they trust and admire. They also need to feel respected, liked, important, and successful. They need to feel that the work they are doing is valuable to them and that they can be successful at it.
When these feelings aren’t being provided for, behavior and management problems ensue. If students don’t respect the teacher, a myriad of problems can occur. ...