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Shannon

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October 30th, 2014

What is classroom management?


Classrooms are spaces where children grow and learn, having major
implications on their lives. This means that these rooms must be comfortable and
stimulating for them to succeed. In order to achieve this, I believe that building
relationships, appreciating diversity, establishing routines and rules, having time
management skills, and creating a positive learning environment are the main
grounds of successful classroom management.

Building Relationships

There is nothing I want more than to create a connection with every single
child in my classroom. A simple hello first thing in the morning can make all the
difference. I want them to know Im there to help them every step of the way,
inspiring and encouraging them to do their best in everything they do. This will no
doubt require work. To achieve this amount of respect, I must interact with my
students and show them they can trust my teaching. Activities and lessons that focus
on their interests, qualities, and ambitions will help me help them. These can include
integrating the Arts, games, or creative projects, which will not only give them
choice, but will also provide a positive outlook on learning, allowing them to build
confidence and pride in their work.

Assisting my students in building relationships with each other is also crucial
for creating a safe learning environment. Students are constantly learning from their
world and the people that surround them, therefore respect, kindness, and caring
must be established within the classroom. Discussions on sensitive topics and
emotions will surely aid my students in identifying their own emotions, as well as
their peers. Taking time throughout the day for brain and body breaks are great
ways to reduce stress and help students refocus. These can also be great for
students to reconnect with each other.

Inclusion


No one should ever feel excluded, especially children in school. This means
that all differences must be appreciated. We can all learn so much from one another;
therefore diversity must be well educated and celebrated. Children must learn the
value in being unique. Inclusion and acceptance provides a sense of security and
belonging in the classroom, which sadly for some may be the only place they feel
this comfort.

There are so many ways a teacher can include diversity in a classroom. For
instance, there are tons of books at local libraries that teach children all about
different types of families, cultures, religions, and languages. Another great strategy
I will use to ensure all students feel included is by asking the students to bring

questionnaires home to their caregivers, where they can share information on their
traditions or about their ancestors, for example. This way no one is left out.

I also believe that allowing students to have choice within the class will
empower them and have their voice heard. This way everyone is more prone to
participate.

Classroom Rules


Creating rules together as a class demonstrates values my students already
possess. By imposing their own ideas, they will more likely follow the rules. If
students dont understand the meaning of certain guidelines, these will be ignored.
Therefore modeling desired behaviors and defining clear expectations is most likely
to promote responsibility. Rules should also focus on the positive. Teachers must
also follow the classroom rules, which require me to lead by example. An example of
how to keep students on track is by creating a chart, which students should be able
to see at all times as a constant reminder. Using nametags for every student, such
clothing pins that can attach to the poster, the students can move up and down the
chart, allowing them to go higher when demonstrating good behaviour in the
classroom, as well as going lower when neglecting to follow the classroom rules. If
this system does not work for a certain student, a conference or meeting between
the teacher and student can be taken place to discuss issues.

Time Management and Routines


Time management strategies are essential for teachers; we must be
incredibly organized and prepared for every lesson of the day. Students as well must
be organized in their homework and space to maximize time in class. Therefore,
giving time in class to allow students to practice and develop these lifelong skills is
extremely important.

Routines that are established within the classroom also facilitate learning.
These routines most certainly dont have to be boring! Something as simple as
having a fun question of the day to keep track of attendance can keep the students
excited about learning and coming to school everyday. Some students also work
best when knowing what to expect, so its important that these procedures are
clearly stated and properly explained. Visual aids or transition signals can also help
students stay on track. Every child is different; therefore I will adopt what works
best for them when possible.

Physical Environment

First impressions on a teacher from a students point of view are from their
classrooms physical layout. This means that the class must look inviting.
Organization strongly impacts how the room is viewed: the materials must be
readily available and accessible. I prefer having desks in groups of three or four, if
possible, to encourage group work. Having areas in the classroom where engaging
activities and movement can take place are also preferable.

Details such as color, posters, light exposure, and temperature also impact a
childs performance in school. I will always have my blinds open and plants to create
a comfortable environment. Ensuring that the room isnt overwhelming is essential,
as too many displays may distract young learners. However, I believe displaying
childrens work is a great way of creating a sense of community in the classroom, as
these represent all my students.

A final word


I hope to inspire my students to learn about their passions, the world around
them, and find themselves by creating an open classroom with structure, where
everyone feels included and able to voice their opinions. I believe that my students
will be able to accomplish anything, as long as there is someone supporting them
every step of the way. I will be a very caring mentor, who will guide them by
building relationships, creating a physical environment that is tailored to their
learning styles, staying organized and prepared, and establishing positive rules. I
know I can teach my students so much, but at the end of the day, I know they will be
teaching me.

References
Williams, K. C. (2009). Elementary classroom management: A student-centered
approach to leading and learning. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage
Publications.

Wong, H., & Wong, R. (2009). The First Days of School. Mountain View, CA: Harry K.
Wong Publications, Inc.