You’ve created a dynamic lesson plan filled with creative activities, movement, and discussion. You’ve utilized Bloom’s Taxonomy to ensure the content your teaching is high-up on the pyramid. You’re convinced the education your students are about to receive will be nothing short of miraculous. Yet, at the end of the day, you’ve discovered that things didn’t go quite as you had envisioned. Students were off task, behavior issues were higher than anticipated, and you exhausted too much time on student corrections and too little time on teaching content. If you’ve been teaching long enough, you’ve probably survived this scenario once or twice. What went wrong? Why didn’t the students respond to your teaching in the manner you anticipated?
The greatest lesson planning coupled with incredible teaching doesn’t always equate to effective education or student learning. From early childhood education through high school students need structure and stability that teachers provide through the consistent application of their classroom management plan. In this course, I’m going to teach the components of your classroom management plan and show you how to incorporate it with fidelity.
It all begins with strategic planning. Teachers are leaders and successful leaders plan strategically. During this course, we’re going to create your classroom management plan. We’ll start by creating your core values, vision, mission statement, and goals. Next we’ll describe and create your classroom rules, procedures, consequences, and a rewards and motivation system. But we won’t stop there, we’ll discuss effective tier-1 strategies, attention signals, and as a bonus we’ll review and I’ll provide you with a copy of my Classroom Management Dashboard.
Effective classroom management is the cornerstone to effective teaching. Even with the best of intentions, a child’s education can be halted when structure and stability are missing in the classroom. Classroom Management – Fundamentals of Teaching & Education, from start to finish will not only teach you how to create an effective classroom management plan, but we will build your plan together to improve teaching in your classroom, minimize behavior issues, and accelerate the education of all of your students.
Welcome to the Classroom Management Course: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education. This course has been designed to provide educators with the tools they need to create an environment conducive to teaching and learning where everyone feels safe, respected, and enjoys the overall educational process!
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education. Introduction to Section 1 - Strategic Planning: Creating your core values, vision, mission statement, and goals. Teachers are leaders and effective leaders are strategic planners. In Section 1, you'll learn abut the components of your classroom management plan, and you'll begin to create your specific plan that will assist you with teaching and your students with learning!
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education. Your core values is where your journey begins. It's the cornerstone for everything that follows and it is here where you'll begin to create your classroom management plan.
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education. Your vision describes your perfect world. It’s a brief statement that explains your ultimate goal. You want your vision far-reaching and easily understood by you and anyone who reads it, especially your customers … students, parents, colleagues, and administrators.
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education. Your mission statement must be brief, yet describe achievable outcomes and be directly in line with your vision and answer the following questions:.
Who will be directly impacted?
What will we accomplish?
Why are we accomplishing it?
Where will it be accomplished?
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education. Your goals will help us understand what needs to be accomplished to get us to our destination. Establishing specific goals and periodically reviewing our progress will help ensure we remain on the right path and will provide valuable information to help us correct any missteps along the way.
Your goals should be shaped so they’re specific, objective, and measurable. Each goal should be accompanied with a description of how you’ll periodically measure progress throughout the school year. Creating meaningful goals that can be easily tracked and measured will help to keep us on the right course to accomplish our mission. Tracking and measuring our goals will also assist us with understanding if our plan is effective, or if maybe a few changes are needed to help us on our way.
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - Goals creation provides the CEO of the classroom with a clear picture of what needs to be accomplished for the team to achieve the overall mission. But the best-defined goals are nothing more than empty words on a sheet of paper if you don’t periodically review progress and make decisions based on the evidence discovered . Your goals are a vital piece of your overarching strategic plan. Collectively, each component of your plan helps to create a roadmap that leads to successful mission accomplishment!
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - After you’ve established your core values, created your vision and mission statements, and authored your goals your journey is far from over. It’s now time to continue to build your strategic plan by mapping out your classroom management strategies. Effective classroom management makes teaching and learning, much easier. As the leader of your classroom, one of the most important aspects of your strategic plan should focus largely on classroom management. How do you plan to infuse structure and stability within your classroom? What is your strategy for teaching your students about the specifics of how your classroom will operate? What follows is a breakdown of classroom management approaches that every teacher, regardless of grade level, should plan for and incorporate into their classrooms. We'll begin with classroom goals and procedures.
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - Classroom Goals ... most educators call them classroom rules. Creating classroom goals with the assistance of your students helps to achieve buy-in. Also, classroom goals are something that students can work towards while rules, often times, translate to rigidity, and negativity. Your classroom goals are the cornerstone to minimizing disruptive behaviors.
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - Creating proactive classroom goals with the assistance of your students. This is Part 2 of the classroom goals process and is a critical part of creating a respectful, safe learning environment where everyone feels safe and enjoys school
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - Procedures is the backbone of stability in a classroom learning environment. This single concept did more to elevate my classroom management than any other strategy in this course.
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - This is Part 2 of the ever important topic of creating, teaching, and using classroom procedures to build a strong learning environment.
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - Part 3 of creating and implementing procedures. The greatest take-away - Never, ever allow a student to forego the use of a classroom procedure. Procedures are the glue that bind together your entire classroom management plan.
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - In Section 3 we'll learn more about creating a classroom environment conducive to learning. It's important that teachers understand the significance of how each strategy works together to build a productive learning environment. In other words, don't pick and choose the strategies you like, but utilize each one to build a harmonious teaching and learning environment.
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - Rewards and motivation systems are an often overlooked and/or neglected classroom management strategy. There is ample evidence that reward and motivation systems are effective for assisting with decreasing behavior issues. Don't overlook this positive classroom management strategy!
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - This is Part 2 of Rewards and Motivation systems. Remember, we're trying to create opportunities for our students to have both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators in an effort to improve the learning environment so that teachers can teach and students can learn!
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - Creating a plan for rational consequences is an often misunderstood concept. This lesson will walk you the the process of creating a Consequence Plan the really works!
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - The 3 to 1 positive to corrective interactions is my all time favorite tier-1 strategy. This single classroom management strategy can help transform a negative learning environment into a positive, fun classroom that the students AND the teacher enjoy!
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - Attention signals are so easy to incorporate into a classroom that some teachers don't understand the positive impact that they can produce. Effective classroom management isn't just about the big ticket items. Small, easy strategies such as attention signals play a part in creating a positive classroom environment and also helps with increasing time on instruction!
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - In Section 4 we'll focus on additional, effective tier-1 strategies and you'll be introduced to an AMAZING document that I have utilized for years to assist with personal reflection and mentoring others. The Classroom Management Dashboard is an awesome tool to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses in the classroom. You'll find a complimentary copy of the dashboard. Please use it and give to your colleagues. This tool has assisted countless teachers with improving their learning environment.
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - Focusing on effective, evidence-based tier-1 strategies is a must if you want to improve the learning environment. Like anything, it takes time to create positive habits in the classroom, but it's important that teachers continually strive to incorporate proven strategies that will help with building a positive classroom learning environment.
Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education - This document alone is worth the cost of admission! :-) The Classroom Management Dashboard provides teachers with the opportunity to reflect on their skills. It forces you to use evidence as a means of determining which strategies you're incorporating effectively, and which need a little more attention.
Thank you so much for completing my course: Classroom Management: Fundamentals of Teaching and Education. I hope you're able to utilize the resources and strategies presented. Most importantly, I hope you're able to create a classroom environment where everyone, INCLUDING YOU, feels safe, respected, and enjoys school! Take care, and God bless!