Classroom Management: Keeping it Positive Secondary Grade Levels

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Research shows that teacher’s actions, including classroom management, have a high impact on student achievement.  Numerous studies conducted over the past few decades have outlined the importance of having a classroom where students and teachers are clear on behavioral expectations as well as consequences for inappropriate behavior. In this course, participants will gain insight into classroom management and ways to keep a positive focus in the classroom.  Shifts in common classroom practices will be highlighted, including setting up a positive classroom culture, explicitly teaching expectations and reinforcing positive behaviors in the classroom, and building positive relationships with students.

This course will explore practical teaching strategies to integrate positive classroom management into the classroom. Various areas of classroom management will be explored, including classroom set-up and arrangement, teaching social skills, teaching cooperative learning strategies, power dynamics and struggles, rewards and punishments, rules and expectations, student buy-in, consistency, and other topics. Participants will learn about the “public praise/private conversations” philosophy and how it can change the dynamic of the classroom.

Integration of Danielson Framework:

  • Domain 1b: Demonstrating Knowledge of Students
  • Domain 2a: Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport
  • Domain 2b. Establishing a Culture for Learning
  • Domain 2c. Managing Classroom Procedures
  • Domain 2d. Managing Student Behavior
  • Domain 2e. Organizing Physical Space

This course has been divided into the following modules:

  1. Introduction to Classroom Management
  2. Setting Up the Classroom for Postive Classroom Management
  3. Teaching Behavioral Expectations, Rules and Holding Students Accountable
  4. Maintaining a Postive Perspective When Times Get Challenging

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  • The assignments challenged me to reflect on what I have learned and how I can apply it to create a positive classroom environment. By reading, reflecting, analyzing, synthesizing and applying my knowledge, I was able to build some concrete plans for the organization of my classroom, establishing expectations and routines and using positive behavioral interventions. I also added some great ideas to my inventory in regards to relationship building in the classroom and student engagement. I’m inspired and ready to try some new strategies this year!

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