I have heard that for many beginning teachers, classroom management can be one of the most challenging aspects of their new career. Knowing this, I decided to experiment with many classroom management approaches during my time as a long term substitute to find one that fit both my students and myself. Based on these experiences, I designed a classroom management plan that I will implement in my classroom as a beginning teacher. It is important to note, however, that my classroom management plan may need to be altered to fit my specific group of students.
Implementing a Student-Centered Classroom Management Program
My classroom management approach will be an equal balance of student-centered learning and curriculum-centered learning. One of the main goals in my classroom will be to help students to develop a sense of responsibility for their actions. The behavior standards in my classroom will be high and developmentally appropriate for the age I am teaching. The students will play a large role in creating the rules for our classroom community. Together, we will decide what is appropriate behavior for our classroom, and I will write these rules as positive statements to be displayed in the room. I will ensure that all students understand the expectations of our classroom. Students will be made aware what the consequences for breaking the rules of our classroom community are. I will strive to be firm, kind, and consistent in my approach to rules and rule breaking. My goal will be to create a calm, safe, and orderly classroom - one in which I can teach and my students can learn. My classroom management approach will also be a proactive one. I will consider management while planning all parts of the school day to anticipate and prevent any behavior issues before they occur.
Throughout my teaching career I have been introduced to a variety of classroom management techniques and tools. One of the tools used at the school I currently work for is known as CHAMPS. CHAMPS is a wonderful and useful classroom management tool that provides students with expectations for daily activities. The CHAMPS posters are posted in the classroom for students to reference when needed and remind them of what the expectations are. This classroom management tool is very useful because it sets expectations that student will not forget and keeps the students accountable for their learning.