Classroom Management Plan
A. Theoretical Introduction
I believe in a progressive classroom where management and learning is student centered. My role as a teacher is to be a leader, not an authoritarian or dictator. A classroom environment needs to be supportive and must be able to meet a student’s basic needs in order for learning to take place. The foundation of a good management plan must be built on the following essential elements: positivity, consistency, and most important of all, respect. I believe in a management plan that avoids any form of punishment at all costs. Students work much harder for rewards than to avoid punishment. Instead, with student input, I plan to implement a system of logical consequences for when students break classroom rules. It is very important for students to contribute and have some control over their classroom environment because they want power and freedom. Students need to see a cause and effect relationship in order to understand the consequences of their actions. These consequences will be enforced in a fair and consistent manner throughout the year.
Students also need recognition. They take pride in their work, but without recognition they easily lose motivation. Part of my role as a teacher is to provide positive feedback and recognition for work and effort. Providing recognition gives students a sense of accomplishment, which helps to promote intrinsic motivation. Students are mostly motivated at this age by extrinsic forces. They do things for rewards or to avoid punishment. I believe in using rewards at certain times to motivate students, but in the long run students need to be intrinsically motivated so they will do things for themselves. Overuse of rewards will not promote intrinsic motivation and those rewards will lose effectiveness. By using rewards sparingly, I can keep my students motivated on the short term while helping them to develop intrinsic motivation.
Organization is also a key component of a good management plan. Part of my role as a teacher is to plan and present the curriculum in such a way as to keep students engaged and to maximize student participation. Student engagement minimizes student misbehavior. Also, if students get bored, then they stop paying attention which means they’re not learning. Students want and need to have fun to remain engaged. I plan to teach using as many hands-on activities with real life applications as possible. By minimizing traditional lectures and using a variety of different interactive activities, my students will be too busy and be having too much fun to misbehave. Another important part of keeping students engaged and creating a fun atmosphere is being enthusiastic about what you’re teaching. Enthusiasm will rub off on students (and so will boredom). Students are also extremely social creatures. They want to fit in and be a part of a group. I will promote social interactions between my students by providing...