Activity: what are some ways you could manage a classroom that get beyond the "flip a card" or rules and consequences style of classroom management?


I found this article to help me understand conflict and negative behaviors from the perspective of a young child. See what you think. (and sometimes don't we all think like three year olds!?!)
Social Responsibility and Self-Regulation
Student-Centered Teaching
Handling Controversies in the Classroom
Importance of Teacher Self-Efficacy
Importance of Student Connection With School
Web Resources on Classroom Management

Classroom management involves a wide array of skills, from organizational to interpersonal. The purpose of this page is to set up an intensive "course" in classroom management and also to serve as a reference manual for refreshment of these skills.

These articles are research-based. Read the abstract and the introduction, glance at the methodology and results, then read the discussion. If it looks like a good article, then read the whole thing. Remember that it takes an aggregate of research in an area to create a theory about something like classroom management, so don't base everything you do on a single piece of research.


Social Responsibility and Self-Regulation
Social responsibility: when you encourage students to be responsible, you are reducing classroom management problems.


Self-regulated learning is related to social responsibility. Self-regulated learners are not going to be difficult to manage in a classroom, so helping students to learn to be self-regulated as learners solves a classroom management problem along with providing students with a critical lifelong skill.

Self-regulated learning and motivation.

Still more on this topic.

The effect of creating a pro-social classroom environment (that is, as opposed to an anti-social or socially negative environment).

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Student-centered activities as well as teachers being positive can help students with behavioral disorders stay on task.

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Handling controversies in the classroom. Controversies often arise when we are teaching. If we simply try to stifle them, we can shut down motivation to learn. This is an older article but it is helpful in understanding how to use controversy positively in teaching and learning.

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The teacher's sense of self-efficacy in the classroom is related to classroom management. This article discusses teacher burnout in relation to self-efficacy. It's important to note that burnout is not a sign of personal moral failure. It is a sign that something needs to change drastically and that could be you changing jobs (there are plenty of education jobs that don't involve teaching kids all day) or it could be you working on skills that would enhance your sense of being able to teach.

So, what is self-efficacy among teachers? Here is an answer.

Another aspect of efficacy as a teacher is to understand the nature of the job of teaching. Here is an article that teases out the major factors in teaching as a job.

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When students feel a connection with their school, they seem less likely to behave badly. This sounds like a "duh" moment, however, how often do we consider how students experience their schools. This study was done on middle school students, so they weren't taking an "easy" group of students for this research.

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http://www.honorlevel.com/x47.xml
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Classroom_Management_Theorist_and_Theories/Fred_Jones
http://www.adprima.com/managemistakes.htm
http://www.edarticle.com/classroom-management/
http://mspowell.com/
http://www.4faculty.org/includes/108r2.jsp
http://www.proteacher.com/030000.shtml
http://www.eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/articles/index.pl?read=3498
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/more/management/contents.htm
http://drwilliampmartin.tripod.com/classm.html
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/home.jsp?lnkid=TNav:home&ESP=Teachers/ib//acq/main_tnav_home///nav/txtl////
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