I was recently asked by Education Week “What are your best classroom-management tips?” You can read my full response along with some great advice from other professional educators and administrators in this article.
Here is just a snippet:
My husband is a second-career professor of marketing and management. Having virtually no training in education, he often asks me what to do about his classroom-management issues. I pause before answering, and he says resignedly, “Yeah, I know . . . (then mimics me), ‘What is my goal?’ ” I always start with that question because my belief is that every decision about classroom management should be designed to meet both the short-range aim of having a class run smoothly and the long-range goal of empowering students with competence and self-efficacy. A teacher’s management policy should be a well-thought-out system that maximizes the chance for everyone to learn while helping students develop self-discipline.
Every decision about the classroom from seating arrangements and bulletin boards to rules and procedures to instructional techniques and testing policies can be classified as a part of classroom management. Classroom management is all-encompassing and is a singularly vital topic for those in the teaching field. Writing “best tips” is challenging because there is so much to cover on the topic, but here are four basic recommendations.