Student Motivation 1

 

Student Motivation 1

Classroom management

When addressing the issue of classroom management the text states “The easiest management problems to solve are ones that do not happen in the first place! Even before the school year begins, you can minimize behavior problems by arranging classroom furniture and materials in ways that encourage a focus on learning as much as possible. Later, once school begins, you can establish procedures and rules that support a focus on learning even more.”.  This statement is a basic premiss or a fundamental of classroom management.

The teacher has no control over what kind of student enters the classroom.  The teacher cannot control their social life, emotional or mental state before they get into the classroom but the teacher should be able to manipulate the classroom environment in order to promote learning.  This includes displays on the walls, arrangement of furniture and even the setting up of workstations to allow for interaction and collaboration of students.

The teachers ability to control this is very impactful.  This is an area that I struggle with the most because of my lack of control. I utilize five different classrooms often times having to maneuver my way around other teacher’s stuff in order to get through a lesson. I have no control over any of the physical space (displays or furniture arrangement).   The only thing I can control are the classroom procedures and the flow of the lesson. As a result the order of the lesson is so routine that the kids know what to look for from the Do Now to the Exit Ticket. This routine allows for predictability but It can be boring at times for kids. I try to mix it up a bit sometimes but it is very difficult.