Prevention is often better than cure and in terms of the classroom, a good classroom management plan can go a long way to ensuring students know the rules and obey the rules to create an environment that ensures as little disruption as possible during lessons. The Classroom Management Essentials course offers over 42 lectures and 3 hours of content that will teach you techniques to manage your classroom to spend more time teaching and less time disciplining your students.
A good classroom management plan will help you create a favorable learning environment. Classroom management plans vary depending on the classes you teach, the age of the students and the teaching environment, but there are a number of general steps you can take to set up a classroom management plan that suits your needs as a teacher.
The steps to create a management plan include:
1. Understand what you want to achieve with your plan
2. Write down your objectives
3. Determine your motivation philosophy
4. Incorporate school policies and procedures
5. Create a set of classroom rules and procedures
6. Explain the procedures and rules and distribute the rules
7. Consistently Apply the Classroom Management Plan
Understanding the Purpose of a Classroom Management Plan
Classroom management plans are great tools to help you to create and maintain standards within your classroom environment. The details and procedures included in your plan must take into account the level and age of the students you are teaching. A classroom management plan is generally a document that details the rules and procedures to be used in class. A well defined classroom management plan should create a set of rules that students can apply and that create an environment of mutual respect and learning.
Write Down Your Objectives
If you understand your reasons and motivations for creating a classroom management plan, then you will have a great foundation for creating a plan that works for you, your style of teaching and your particular class. How would you like your class to run? How would you like your students to behave? These questions will give you a good starting point to create your own classroom management plan. For an interesting article on how different teaching styles affect students, read Different Teaching Styles and How They Affect Your Students.
Determine your Motivation Philosophy
Motivated students are often far less disruptive than bored students. Determining your own motivation philosophy can also contribute to creating a classroom management plan that keeps students motivated and interested in your lessons. A good classroom management plan should include ways and means of motivating students to achieve their goals. The Unhappy Learners: How To Handle Unmotivated Students course offers tips and techniques that will help you spot unmotivated students and will teach you valuable techniques to engage and motivate these students.
Your view of motivation may be determined by your specific teaching style. For an interesting article on different teaching styles, read The Top 5 Classroom Management Styles.
Incorporate School Policies and Procedures
It is important to incorporate school policies and procedures into your classroom management plan or to try to ensure that the school policies and procedures are reflected in your classroom management plan. It is important not only to ensure continuity within the classroom environment, but to ensure continuity within the school environment to help students maintain a level of conduct throughout their school time.
Creating a set of classroom rules and procedures
Once you’ve identified your own philosophies, rules and procedures it is time to create a set of rules and procedures that reflect that philosophy and that will help you to achieve your objectives. Depending on the level of your class and the age of the students involved, it may be helpful to include them in this process. Students are often more invested in programs that they contribute to. Allowing the students to help create a set of rules and procedures for the classroom can help to create an environment where students are motivated to work together to achieve the aims. The Beyond Compliance course offers a different perspective on how to create an effective classroom management plan and includes tips and techniques on how to promote the development of positive habits and attitudes as well as preventing discipline problems from occurring in the first place.
Classroom Management Strategies that Work offers some insight into different classroom management strategies, how they work and how you can use these different strategies in your own classroom management plan.
Explain the procedures and rules and distribute the rules
Once you have created a classroom management plan, it’s time to communicate this plan to your students. This step is vital to ensure students know what is expected of them. There are different ways of communicating your plan to students depending on your student’s age, level and the type of class you are teaching.
For young students, posters in the classroom showing the classroom management plan, rules and procedures may be helpful to help students remember the rules. For older children a contract signed by the student or even by the student and parents may be helpful to set the scene for a productive class.
It is important to ensure that the way you choose to communicate the plan is appropriate for your circumstances.
Consistently Apply Your Classroom Management Plan
Finally, once you have a classroom management plan, then it is important to apply the plan consistently. Ensure that all offenses are treated according to the plan and rewards are given based on the plan. Students are creatures of habit. In fact, people are creatures of habit and there is almost nothing that creates chaos faster than the inconsistent application of the rules and procedures.
The Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom course offers 10 lectures that explain the critical place of emotional intelligence in behavior management in order to create an effective classroom climate for effective teaching-and-learning to occur.