CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT is the pro-active creation of practices and procedures that a teacher uses to maintain an environment in which instruction and learning can take place, according to Harry and Rosemary Wong.
Classroom discipline, however, involves rules that are used to control behavior. When students misbehave, you will manage the behavior; you will not be managing the classroom. Take a look at some other differences below from The Classroom Management Book:
Major Differences Between Classroom Management and Discipline:
Classroom Management Discipline
Is proactive Is reactive
Is productivity-driven Is problem-driven
Has rewards as increased Has negative consequences
learning time as punishments
Promotes responsibility Promotes compliance
Produces predictable behavior Stops deviant behavior
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Keep up the good work you began in August!
- Start class, on time, at the front of the room.
- Make sure students put their books/bags/purses on the floor, off of desks and that materials are out. Check that students are facing forward and sitting properly in their seats.
- Do your best to enforce "no side conversations" consistently.
- Avoid letting students leave your class to use the bathroom or to get water during the first and last 10 minutes of class.
- Avoid reading aloud to students unless it is for a purpose like modeling. Students should be reading directions to themselves, with follow up questions from you to check for understanding.
- Do your best to head off irrelevant questions and topics, unless they could truly enhance your instruction. If you are in doubt, simply say, "Is your question related to our topic?"
- Find a way to call on many students during the class, not just the ones with their hands up.
- CONTINUE GIVING FEEDBACK about how students are following your rules, daily routines, and specific procedures. As needed, review, revamp, and/or RE-DO!
Progressive Discipline and Creating a Discipline Plan
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Help Students Monitor their Behavior