Classroom Management Philosophy
As a teacher, providing a safe, comfortable classroom environment and maximizing opportunities for student learning are the most important factors in governing student behavior. To make the room stimulating and visually appeasing, I decorate it with art materials, plants and examples of both professional and student work. The art and plants in my classroom are designed to bring in natural life and attract students’ interest. At the same time, to minimize student distraction, these stimuli are positioned on the periphery or in the back of the room.
In order to help all students feel welcome and comfortable, I hope to get to know their names and interests right away by asking them to complete a questionnaire and by initiating informal conversations. All students’ interests, strengths, and cultural backgrounds are welcomed and valued. I treat all students equitably, interact and communicate with them to make them feel cared for, listened to, and respected. My efforts to respond to all student questions and to remain patient and calm contribute to my comforting, welcoming classroom environment.
At the beginning of the year, I communicate classroom rules & expectations clearly and directly. I require students and their parents to sign a contract stating that they have read and understand my behavioral/academic expectations and consequences. These contracts help to create a safe, positive, work-oriented environment where students are comfortable and time is not wasted on unnecessary or preventable events; as a result, there is more time available for quality instruction.
To minimize confusion, I think it’s helpful to tell students what is expected of them and how to succeed in the class. For example, daily routines and procedures are implemented and posted. A weekly calendar of assignments and due dates are also visible. By using these things consistently, students become familiar with them and achieve a sense of security in my classroom. I also provide students with objectives and clear, concise directions visually and vocally. These things help keep students focused, creating fewer behavioral issues and allowing for more meaningful instruction time.
To prevent students from becoming sidetracked and bored, it is important to have a continuous flow of activities. To ensure this, I plan all of my lessons with extra activities for unexpected “free” time. All of my materials will be organized in terms of accessibility and availability so less time is spent accessing them. These efforts help ensure that class time is used wisely for furthering education.
In sum, a well-managed classroom creates a comfortable, safe place where students want to learn. It also prevents distracting events and behavioral issues, which allows for more quality instructional and learning time.