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Classroom Management


What is Classroom Management?

Its effective discipline Its being prepared for class Its motivating the students Its providing a safe, comfortable learning environment Its building your students self esteem Its being creative and imaginative in daily lessons

And . . .

. . . Its different for EVERYONE!

Teaching Styles Personality/Attitudes Student population Not all management strategies are effective for every teacher

Why is Classroom Management Important?

Satisfaction and enjoyment in teaching are dependent upon leading students to cooperate Classroom management issues are of highest concern for beginning teachers To maximise the t&l process and promote an effective learning environment

Strategies for Better Classroom Management

Focus attention on entire class Dont talk over student chatter Silence can be effective Use softer voice so students really have to listen to what youre saying Direct your instruction so that students know what is going to happen

Monitor groups of students to check progress Move around the room so students have to pay attention more readily Give students non-verbal cues Engage in low profile intervention of disruptions Make sure classroom is comfortable and safe

Over plan your lessons to ensure you fill the period with learning activities Come to class prepared Show confidence in your teaching Learn student names as quickly as possible

Develop a positive relationship with students. Get student to share and assume responsibility. Reward appropriate behavior.

What Is Ideal Classroom?

A CR that fosters an active learning environment by incorporating a design that enables collaborative (group) learning while allowing for individual learning differences. Creating a learning-friendly environment involves not only the structural elements of a classroom such as desk placement and colour choice, but thoughtful and informed consideration of the diversity of learning styles as well.

Lighten up!
Many classroom teachers start with changing the lighting from glaring, fluorescent lights to table or floor lamps and natural sunlight from the windows.

Since lighting can influence both mood and

performance, many teachers strive to create both welllit and dimly lit areas to allow for different stimulation levels of their students.

Colour choice has been shown to influence attitudes, behaviour and learning. It has even been found that colour affects attention span and sense of time.

Younger kids are stimulated by bright colours

while older students respond better to blue and green since those colours are less stimulating.

The Ideal Colours of the Classroom

Pale yellow/almond Best colours for not irritating anyone Good general colour for school hallways Light pink/rose Very soothing Suitable for a room where the activity is high Green Creativityis inspired by the colour green Green is a great colour for an art room An excellent choice for a creative writing centre

Blue The colour of academics Best colour for a science or math room Light blue is a good overall classroom colour is calming Orange, yellow and red Bright yellow excites the brain and body The colour orange seems to agitate
Source: Colour and Learning: How does Colour Affect Our Thinking and Feeling? by Barbara Pytel,

Silence is golden? (not!)

Todays research shows that a little bit of background or white noise can actually help some children concentrate. The use of music in the classroom can positively affect the learning atmosphere. Some teachers play non-distracting, quiet background music to get the creative juices flowing. Students engaged in creative activities can benefit from harmonious and calming tunes. Other activities may need more upbeat tempos to help students maintain focus.