Classroom management is teaching strategy/process used to ensure appropriate classroom behaviour is being displayed and that consistent approaches are taken to managing disruptive behaviours. Sufficient and consistent classroom management is one of the most important aspects of ensuring your classroom will be a respectful and safe place for all students to learn within. Setting out classroom expectations from the outset of your course is imperative as it ensures students are aware of how they will be expected to behave within your class.
My PIDP 3250 classmates and I discussed classroom management in our discussion forums and it was agreed that regardless of the age of your learner ensuring you utilize classroom management strategies/techniques is vital to creating a safe learning environment. Even though adult learners are capable of self-directed and self-regulated learning this does not mean that their behaviours do not still require some guidance and management. In fact, I believe, that classroom management is a very important aspect in ensuring you are promoting self-directed/self-regulated learners.
When teaching in the classroom, I ensure that my first day is utilized to examine the course syllabus, discuss course assignments and rubrics, establish both mine and student expectations, and to create classroom “rules”. By involving students in the process of creating these classroom rules it give them a sense of autonomy and ownership, allows me to see what is important to them, and helps them to have clarity regarding what acceptable behaviour within the classroom means. Also ensuring that you consistently manage classroom behaviour from the outset of your course is imperative as it sets the stage of how disruptive behaviours will be dealt with so students have clear expectations.
I found the following infographic that includes 27 ideas/strategies that you can utilize within your own classroom. What I like about this infographic is that it provides strategies that you can utilize during all stages of classroom management, from the creation of expectations, through modeling behaviour, active classroom management, to taking corrective actions when dealing with unacceptable behaviours. If you are not already utilizing some of the strategies below in managing your classroom, I encourage you to start implementing these strategies with your students.