How to Keep Even the Most Challenging Classroom In-Line and Engaged
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From “Solving Your Classroom Management Challenges”
“Studies are showing that more than any other reason,” Cummings continues,” our teachers are leaving because of discipline and the stress of managing today’s classroom, with today’s kids who have so many different needs.
And for as much stress as discipline and management can put on a teacher, it’s students who end up suffering when the classroom gets out of hand. Experts who have measured the impact of learning environment on student achievement have consistently found that a myriad of educational problems, from low test scores to elevated dropout rates, can be traced back to a poorly managed classroom.
It would be easy to put the lion’s share of the blame for discipline issues on students and their families. The truth is, though, that while there has always been a certain segment of children and teens who don’t respond to traditional methods of discipline, the majority of classroom problems can be resolved if the teacher possesses the proper knowledge to handle them.
A teacher’s knowledge, in fact, is among the most critical factors in determining his or her ability to manage a classroom. In discussing the challenge of classroom management, Tracey Sempowicz and Peter Hudson of Queensland University of Technology concur over the importance of teacher knowledge as the centerpiece of good classroom management. They explain that “successful management of student behavior requires a good understanding of students’ emotional, social and moral development,” and cite the way that, when it comes to classroom management, teachers young and old benefit most from “deep pedagogical knowledge” gleaned from formalized professional development.