Educational Psychology: What is the relevance of classroom managment in todays teaching environment?

CHAPTER TEN

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

10 a i). Provide an in-depth justification for classroom management today.

In this lesson, I have discussed classroom management. I have specifically focused on:

      • The relevance methods of identifying behaviour problems.
      • Reasons why learners misbehave.
      • How pupils react to problems.
      • Methods of behaviour change.

                                  Introduction

One of the principle reasons for teacher unhappiness is indiscipline problem. Anytime you have a collection of pupils in a classroom you have a fertile ground for all the possible misdemeanor. They make noise, pinch each other, steal, cheat, cough or yawn contagiously. They appear in class looking untidy, with unfinished homework or reports. When you report in a new school for the first lesson, you may find a cartoon caricature of you deftly outlined on the chalkboard.

      • On the next morning you discover that the teacher’s chair is missing and in its place is a three-legged one.
      • You intend to ask about the missing chair but you are confronted with blank faces of girls or boys who won’t leak any information. Somewhere at the corner of the chalkboard is one word “fatty” or words ch as“Pig Head”. Somewhere else is your nickname inscribed!

Which teacher will have the courage to go through all these and still teach?

The Relevance Of Classroom Management

The teacher’s roles in the classroom are mainly two.

      • The first being to ensure that the classroom environment is conducive for learning while
      • The second one is the delivery of content. The first role is critical because it might be the sole determinant to the amount of learning that takes place.

The classroom environment is largely determined by the teacher’s ability to manage all the variables present in the classroom at any one time for the purposes of promoting conditions for learning.

      • Therefore the teacher’s ability to run a well-managed class is of utter importance.
      • In fact, many teachers fail in their job because of their inability to manage their classrooms than for any other reason.
      • Classroom management is seen as the teacher’s number one professional problem, Gage/Berliner, (1991)

For the teacher to be an effective classroom manager, he should:

  • Possess methods of identifying problem behaviors in the classroom
  • Know why students misbehave
  • Possess effective skills for maintaining discipline
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