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Re: classroom management

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Sat, 11 Sep 1999 14:05:53 EDT

Just a couple of thoughts on your question:
1. A lot depends on your cooperating teacher. But this is a good time to do
some reflection. Not so much about what you may think your cooperating
teacher is doing right or wrong, but about you and what you think about what
is going on and what you should do. Think of this as "the project" of your
student teaching.
2. Managing a classroom is less about a set of rules and techniques (although
technique is important and developes with time and experience), but more
about how you view teaching and learning, how you view relationships between
children and adults and between children and between adults.
3. I try to think about how I fit, and my ideas fit, into the culture of the
school. What are parents' expectations? What are the children's expectations
of me and my expectations of them? While conventional wisdom says you can
always just close your door, I think that this is a mistake. Teaching ought
to be a cooperative enterprise among teachers and students, not a solitary
one between you and your class. What is called classroom management should
flow from this.


<< I'm student teaching in a couple of weeks and since I don't have that
much classroom experience behind me, I thought I would ask the experts.
One of my biggest concerns is how I manage myself and my students in the
classroom. Could anyone share with me their views on classroom
management. What are some of your priorities? Management rules? What
do you do when your rules are not adhered to?

Any feedback, as always, is greatly appreciated!