12 important ideas about classroom management – part 2
This second part continues presenting insights about classroom management, now with ideas from 7 to 12.
7. An effective teacher MANAGES a classroom. An ineffective teacher DISCIPLINES a classroom.
See #5 to look at this in more depth. A great teacher-room discussion could develop from this sentence.
8. Procedures must be rehearsed again and again until they become routines.
9. PROCEDURE: What you want students to do.
- ROUTINE: What the students do automatically
- Self-explanatory, and previously explained.
10. Research says that there must be the date, and agenda/ class work posted before students walk in. The day’s agenda must be posted in the same consistent location every day. Students should write the date and the day’s work topics in their notebook upon entering class.
- Dr. David Ausubel’s research into the use of “advanced organizers” supports that students remember longer and learn more coherently when teachers have the day and major points to be taught in class that day or week. Additional research by Dr. Harry Wong supports Ausubel’s findings.
- Sugata Mitra’s extensive research in India and the UK also confirms better learning and long-term recall when teachers use advanced organizers. Mitra’s “The Big Idea” is his version of advising students, in a visual format, of the main idea of the work to be accomplished.
11. Your very first priority when the class starts is to get the students to work. Do NOT waste time chatting.
When students enter the classroom, the date and BIG IDEA must be on the board. A daily or weekly Trivia Fact could be an added attraction. The minute the bell rings or the clock indicates class time, BEGIN! Review the date, the main ideas, the trivia fact, discuss the work or topics accomplished in the previous class – and move forward.
Teach bell-to-bell… NO WASTED TIME. Not only will students learn more academically, but they also will learn excellent work ethics and time management from their teacher as a role model.
12. It is the teacher who makes the difference in the classroom. It is the teacher who makes the difference in student achievement.
This was discussed in #1 and has been proven by research studies over the past 25 years. Wong, Krashen, Schmoker, Mitra, Ausubel, and at least 50 other researchers have confirmed that the TEACHER is the essential element, the #1 factor, in student success.
FINALLY: If teachers follow ideas presented in these twelve statements regarding classroom management, and if they prepare the next day’s work every night, in order to have it ready to post the next morning in the classroom, students are going to learn that the teacher means business! Students are going to have a more positive attitude about the class, because every student deserves a teacher who cares enough to be organized and who has high expectations for all of her/his students’ progress, learning, and accomplishments.