What is classroom management?

I love to go over to Technorati and type in “teacher blog” and see what comes up. This is how I like to to find newcomers who have learned a bit about blogging and care about teaching.

You really have to go find the newcomers intentionally unless sometimes, by commenting, they find you!

I particularly like this definition of Classroom Management from the Classroom Management 101 blog.

Some people think that classroom management is only effective if you control the behavior of your pupils, but actually control is impossible. Effective classroom management is where you influence the behavior of the students you teach in a positive way. We all have free will, and teaching has changed. You will never achieve total control over anyone (unless you’re a hypnotist which sounds fun!), but you can influence the behavior of others.

And here’s the thing. Influencing your students so that you promote positive behavior in the classroom is actually a lot more powerful than just trying to control it.

Also, a spoof on all of these classroom management things people try to get us to buy that will “solve all of our problems.” I looked on youtube and one teacher actually thought this was a real product. I think this is funny!

I think the point is that classroom management isn't something you can buy in a book. The research continues to show that the most important thing in a classroom continues to be: the teacher. That is the person who sets the standard, sets the pace, and sets the behavior expectations.

I will tell you that I find that at the end of the year it is a little harder for me, not to management my class, but to have patience. For me, it is so important that I have sleep and eat right. For, when I'm tired, I'm cranky. When I'm cranky, I make mistakes. A classroom teacher who is rested and not overly stressed is a better teacher than one who has unrealistic expectations set up on them. (And sometimes, as in my case, I'm putting my own unrealistic expectations upon myself for most it is an immediate 20 point jump in test scores!)

My favorite book on Classroom Management is Marzano's Classroom Management that Works! Great book which is based upon research.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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