Developing a Personal Philosophy of Classroom Management

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Developing your personal philosophy of classroommanagementThis resource consists of a series of linked activities chapter-by-chapter to the De Nobile etal 2017 course text Positive learning environments: Creating and maintaining productiveclassrooms.These activities enable you to progressively work on and develop your ownphilosophy, plan and style of classroom management.A classroom philosophy, simply put, is a statement of what you believe about how to bestmanage a class and how you will go about achieving that vision. This resource will help youbuild it bit by bit. Complete the activities linked to each chapter of the text and by the endof chapter 10 you should be able to bring your work together to form your classroomphilosophy.FINAL PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY FOR ASSESSMENT 2
(Week 1) Pedagogics to maintain Positive Learning Environments: A problembased approachReflection of the week’s Lecture, tutorials and readings.The following activities are designed to get you thinking about your own model of teachingand classroom management.1.1 Define a good teacherWhat is a ‘good teacher’? Think about the teachers from your days in primary andsecondary schooling. What qualities did they have that made them ‘good’? Make a listin the box below.A quality teacherare accessible, warm, caring and enthusiastic able to create effectiverelationship with parents, students, professional entities and knowledge in theirspecialised subject context. In my days, primary teacher often teaches to elementarygrades and are less educated in comparison to secondary schooling teacher. My favouriteteacher William Rose has following characteristics:Congeniality and friendlinessGreat education and deep education.Good listener and communicatorPolite and kind1.2Using the what you have learnt about ill structured vs structured problems in relation toclassroom behavior, what do you think are the key considerations when a teacher isplanning their strategy for classroom management? list them below.The Ill-structuredissues refer to less informative and necessary issues require in-depthanalysis, whereas, preventions of behaviour issues and conflicts are expected (Manningand Bucher, 2013). Here are underlined some key consideration for solving it:Opting effective pedagogy.Understanding of student behaviour to reduce the issues.Participation of students in activities.Flexible pedagogySetting suitable behaviour as inspiration.Identify issues and prepare intervention.1.3With your responses to the last two activities as a source of ideas, completA61223e thesentence in the box below.Usually, I believe to maintain that focuses on applying a standardpedagogy which lead tolearnings that encourage and support students participation. Good students behaviourand achievement are awarded and interventions are prepared for reducing issue (Olsen,2016). Students should be provide healthy and secure classroom environment.
(Week 2) Review of classroom management theoriesThis week you have been introduced to some theories of behaviour/classroommanagement. Your readings (Ch 8 & 9 of the text and De Jong in tutorials) introduced you todifferent views on why young people misbehave and particularly what to do about it. Someof these might have caused you to react in some way, either negatively or positively. Of theones you developed a positive feeling about, was there a particular theory that stood out?Was there a theory or approach that you felt might fit your view of how children should betreated and how teaching happens? Think about this before responding to the activities.2.1In the box below, list the theories that you think are ‘not for you’ under the heading‘Not me’, and the theories that you think are more favourable under the heading ‘Morelike me’.Not meMore like meBehavioural TheoriesHumanist TheoryCognitive Theories2.2Now take a closer look at the theories you placed in the ‘More like me’ column. Readthe suggested readings provided in this chapter and the online companion. Get to knowthe theories more intimately. Use this new knowledge, specifically the key philosophiesbehind the theories (or theory), to develop your own statement of belief about the sortof places classrooms should be. Complete the following sentence and perhaps addanother to accompany it.I wish to get knowledge from classrooms where students cannot dominated & obligatoryfor learning but provide better environment to learn and develop.
(Week 3) Relationships, communication & professional reflexivityEffective communication is a key component of effective classroom management, andquality teaching depends on it. The lecture, tutorial readings as well as Ch 2 & 3 of thetextbook describe some very useful skills for dealing with inappropriate student behaviourin a non-confrontational and positive way. Being aware of non-verbal cues will lead ateacher to be more sensitive to how their messages are being received as well as how tosend messages and provide feedback more effectively. Active listening allows teachers andstudents to interact with minimal interference from underlying emotional factors. I-messages provide the teacher with a tool to convey to students how their behaviour isaffecting the class in a non-submissive, informative and positive manner.Teaching philosophies often describe the way a teacher will interact with their students andthis, in turn, provides a window into the classroom climate that a teacher is trying toestablish. The following activities should help you to identify your preferred way ofcommunicating with the class generally as well as in dealing with inappropriate behaviour.After completing them you should have a better idea of how your classroom philosophy willdescribe your communication style in the classroom.3.1Using your readings of the chapters, in particular the Relationships and communication,Interference, Communication process and Non-verbal communication sections,complete the sentence in the box below. You might need to add a second or even athird sentence.I accept that strong interaction between instructor and their followers is necessary inorder to create a optimistic climate in classrooms becausethis establishes betterrelationship, reduce behavioural issues and promote healthy environment forming goodunderstanding among each other.This week you also looked at how personal beliefs can help or hinder in your relationshipsand communication with students.3.2Briefly outline your understanding of how beliefs can help or hinder your ability tocreate positive learning environments:Personal values and beliefs of teachers highly impact on the way of generating positivelearning surroundingsby affecting individual learnings and beliefs along with their directinfluence over strategy and teaching philosophy.Your teaching philosophy should describe how and for what purpose you might engage in acycle of professional reflexivity, be it through critical analysis using various perspectives oran action research model, or both.
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