My classroom management philosophy is a constant work in progress, but based off of
personal experiences and major management theorists I have developed a basic philosophy to
guide me through student teaching and the early years as a teacher. The core principles of my
philosophy are rooted in establishing a classroom community and mutual respect between
students and the teacher. The following essay outlines the theorists that have impacted my
philosophy as well as ways I plan to implement my management philosophy.
The foundation of an effective classroom is a strong, supportive classroom management
plan. The first hurdle many new teachers have to overcome is the ability to maintain control of
the classroom they are teaching. As I begin to develop my own management philosophy, I turn
towards management theorists to develop a plan that models an effective management style
while also reflecting my own personality. Rooted in my fundamental beliefs about students, that
all students can learn, a classroom is a community, and mutual student/teacher respect is
invaluable, I have begun to develop a unique classroom management philosophy. My philosophy
reflects the theorists Rosemary and Harry Wong, William Glasser, Alfie Kohn, and Fred Jones.
As I start my career as an educator I will turn to the studies of these theorists to continue to craft
a personal management plan.
The management of a classroom should first and foremost reflect the personality of the
teacher that leads it. I am not a stern disciplinarian, nor am I a person who is willing to be walked
all over. My management philosophy will reflect who I am. My classroom will be built on a
mutual respect between the students and the teacher. Respect is the foundation of any working
relationship, and the teacher to student relationship is no different. It is also important that I
establish a laid back environment while also balancing the rules and procedures that are
important for the successful classroom. I am a laid back person who enjoys humor, and while I
want the atmosphere of my classroom to reflect this it is important that the class follows
fundamental rules and procedures to create an effective environment for learning. Finally it is
important for me that the classroom functions as an active learning community. Students learn
the best when they feel invested and responsible for the classroom community that they inhabit.
For students to feel as though they are a part of a community it is important that all of their basic
needs are met and they feel as if they are respected by the teacher. Mutual respect is once again
at the core of my classroom management philosophy.
Harry and Rosemary Wong preach the importance of firsts. Their classroom theory is
based around the first day of school, the first impression, and the first minutes of the classroom.
It is imperative to first establish rules...