PIDP 3250 Do we need classroom management?

This question was recently asked by my peer on the forum posting. I personally think that classroom management is a critical ingredient of effective teaching. Classroom management has the largest effect on student achievement. Surely one of the most important aspects of teaching is the classroom manager. Effective teaching and learning cannot take place in a poorly managed classroom. If students are disorderly and disrespectful, and no apparent rules and procedures guide behavior, chaos becomes the norm. In these situations, both teachers and students suffer. Teachers struggle to teach, and students most likely learn much less than they should. Classroom management refers to all of the things that a teacher does to organize students, space, time and materials so that instruction in content and student learning can take place. Research tells us, “The amount of time students are actively engaged in learning contributes strongly to their achievement. The amount of time available for learning is determined by instructional and management skills of the teacher…” This implies that we must plan and prepare well, be organized, maximize student time on task, keep students actively engaged, and efficiently utilize time. I realize that how I manage the classroom is the primary determinant of how well my students learn. On the other hand, when students are successful and actively engaged in their work, they tend to be well behaved. I, therefore, appreciate the need to keep students involved in their work, have students understand what is expected of them, maximize time on task, prevent confusion, and run a work simulated classroom. I know that an important role for me as an instructor is classroom manager. I am the role of authority, and it is up to me to implement management strategies and ensure that I carry them out accordingly. I need to ensure a well-managed classroom providing an environment in which teaching and learning can flourish.

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