Classroom Management Philosophy
Observing teachers is an excellent way to see the daily operations of what goes on in a classroom setting. By the second month of school, students should have a good grasp of what the rules and expectations are. It is important to realize that the teacher trains the students what the rules and expectations are from day one in their classroom. These rules and expectations come from their classroom management plan.
Students misbehave because they are allowed too. As adults, it is just easier to allow students to do what they want in hopes that someone else will deal with the situation. The actual reason that students act this way goes back to their parents and how the student was raised. It can also go back to the culture or the dynamics of the family. I know that some people may say that they do not want to become their own parents, but they have. Some raise their children to respect the rules and consequences of their actions, while others raise their children with no rules and consequences at all.
A classroom management is “defined as the methods and strategies an educator uses to maintain a classroom environment that is conducive to student success and learning” (Jones, 2000). I believe that the plan needs to consist of procedures/rules and expectations for the students as soon as they enter the classroom. It is also important that visitors to the classroom follow these rules too. The plan also needs to have clear consequences and ones that can be enforced right away.
I believe that it is important to have an effective classroom management plan because our jobs as teachers are to teach the students to learn information and not to spend time mismanaging the students. It takes time to teacher students the information that they need to know for the school year. Teachers only have 185 days to teach the required information to the students.
A classroom management plan affects everyone. It can change the way students walk into the classroom, how a teacher does their job and how visitors act when they come to visit. I have seen this happen in an Elementary school, I have observed it. One class was quietly walking down the hallway using level zero voices and another class was using level four voices. Their classroom teacher commented how nice the level zero class did in front of her own class. It was interesting the reaction some students had to the comment their teacher made.
My philosophy on classroom management came from me having my own K-3 Special Education classroom for three years. The theoretical perspective that best describes my personal philosophy is the personal needs theory. Stanley Coopersmith discussed “that individuals need to experience a sense of significance, competence, and power” (Jones & Jones, 2010, p. 33). I believe that it is important that a student trust and builds a positive rapport or relationship with you. I believe that students who trust and believe in you will work hard for you and it gives the student the belief that they can accomplish any task. When a level of trust and relationship is developed, it gives the students ownership or pride in their classroom. As a teacher who has personal needs theory as my theoretical perspective, it is important to build that trust or my classroom management plan could fall apart in a matter of seconds.
I believe that my personal philosophy will play a role in my actual plan, but I also need to realize that I may have to adjust it as I continue to teach. The adjustment may have to happen as I get a new set of students each year. My philosophy is just a foundation to my play. The best teachers have to make adjustments as they go for the best interest of their students.
My personal philosophy, I believe is an important one. I believe that students need to realize that everything is not always fair in life. I believe that it is also important to teach students that everyone has the same opportunities and it’s what we do to make the most out of each one of them.
A classroom management plan is an important tool in teaching. As a teacher, I was required to submit my classroom management plan to my principal at the beginning of each year. I knew the expectations and rules that I wanted my students to know, but it always seemed to change throughout the year when new behaviors were introduced into the classroom and group.
Jones, F. (2000). Tools for Teaching. Santa Cruz, CA: Fredric H Jones & Associates, Inc.
Jones, V. and Jones, L. (2010). Comprehensive Classroom Management: Creating Communities of Support and Solving Problems (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.