This course presents a practical guide for classroom management. The research articles and activities as well as discussions provide opportunities for participants to examine management skills and techniques that promote a positive classroom climate, appropriate standards of behavior for students, active student engagement and effective management of routines and classroom transitions.
This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists and administrators. Participants are expected to have regular computer access, active email accounts, knowledge of Internet browsing and the abilities to open, save and upload documents for the course work. Although Microsoft Office is not a requirement, it is recommended as Microsoft files are utilized within the course. Participants who do not have Microsoft Office should download Open Office (a free download from Microsoft) to enable them to read and send word documents for this course.
Completion of this course will enable participants to:
understand how classroom management relates to effective classroom instruction,
learn how effective teachers establish, manage, and maintain learning-focused environments,
practice developing rules and procedures for maintaining effective classroom management,
learn how to analyze the classroom environment and make decisions to enhance social relationships, student motivation, and engagement in productive work through mutual respect, cooperation, and support for one another.
Assessment and Course Requirements
Each session includes readings, activities and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete each week. High quality, active participation in the online discussions is vital to the understanding and completion of the course. Additionally, participants will develop portions of a Final Project during each week’s session. The approximate number of hours to complete this course is 45 hours. Each weekly assignment along with required readings and discussion board entries should take approximately 4 – 5 hours weekly leaving time for work on the Final Project.
Participants will use the Classroom Management Portfolio Template, found under the Course Information link, to complete their Final Project for this course. The template is a Microsoft Word document. Participants will save this to their computer and complete sections of this template throughout the workshop. A Final Project Rubric within the course documents describes the expectations of work on this Project. During Session Three, a mid-course check will be shared with online colleagues and uploaded to the drop box for facilitator feedback. During Session Six, the Final Project will again be shared with colleagues for review and uploaded to the drop box for facilitator feedback.
Participants are evaluated on the merit of their discussion posts as well as their frequency in responding to other participants in each discussion. Each week all participants are required to post a minimum of three significant postings in each discussion board. One of the posts should begin a new thread that addresses the discussion prompt while the other two provide meaningful responses to the existing threads of two colleagues. Postings that begin new threads should be relevant to the discussion prompt, exhibit a clear understanding of course concepts, and express the participant’s thoughts on the topic at hand. Postings that respond to other participants should be pertinent to the post and extend the discussion. Additionally, participants are required to read all original posts and enough responses to make 50% of the total number of messages posted each session.
Session One: What is Classroom Management?
In this session, participants will read articles to gain an understanding of areas of effective classroom management needed by teachers. Participants will determine their own classroom management style and learn some attributes and strategies necessary to best manage a classroom.
Session Two: Establish a Positive Climate for Learning
In this session, participants will examine factors that foster a classroom environment supportive of students’ learning. Maintaining a positive climate for learning requires planning as well as consistency in applying the plan. Participants will work on making conscious plans to organize their classrooms and utilize this organization to maximize opportunities for learning. This session discusses a number of factors which may be included in this plan.
Session Three: Empowering Students: Setting Goals
In this session, participants will look at helping/ getting students to set learning goals for themselves and their work. Participants will plan opportunities and guidelines to foster students’ ownership of their own classroom actions and behaviors. Participants will examine building productive behaviors prior to the occurrence of improper behaviors.
Session Four: Classroom Expectations in a Learner-Centered Environment
In this session, participants will read about and plan to include students in setting high expectations for students’ behaviors and for their success in the classroom. Participants will consider how their own expectations of students impact students’ outcomes and support 21st Century learning. Participants will plan strategies to require responsible behaviors from their students.
Session Five: Teacher Language: Mutual Respect and Appreciation
In this session, participants will learn to use positive language to help create a climate for success in their classrooms. Participants will examine principles of positive language as they plan to provide a supportive atmosphere to maximize students’ learning.
Session Six: Managing the Process
Effective teachers manage their classrooms and teach their students with a minimum of wasted time and confusion. A task-oriented learning environment is a characteristic of a well-managed and maintained classroom. In this session, participants will look at sample classroom management plans from other teachers and read some classroom management scenarios as they complete their Classroom Management Planning Guide to foster a well-managed, productive classroom.