For beginning teachers, or for teachers like myself returning to teaching, the most difficult thing to master is classroom management. I had to relearn what ten years of hard instruction had taught me: Good classroom management is more than just being strict or authoritarian, and it is more than simply being organized. If I want to have my classroom run smoothly as a well-oiled learning machine, I have to set up a structured learning environment in which certain behaviors are promoted and others are discouraged.
I have discovered that there are five components of effective classroom management that establish structures strong enough to entice and motivate student learning:
- Developing effective working relationships with students
- Training students on how learning takes place in your classroom
- Protecting and leveraging time
- Anticipating student behaviors in well-written lesson plans
- Establishing standards of behavior that promote student learning