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Importance of Classroom Management
After reading this Information Sheet, you should be able to describe
the importance of Classroom management.
One of the most important and difficult roles that a trainer plays in a
classroom is that of a classroom manager. A well managed classroom offers
a conducive environment for effective teaching and learning to take place.
Therefore, classroom management is not simply restricted to the
management and discipline of students, but includes ensuring that stressful
and non-educational situations are avoided and students learn topics and
subjects effectively. It is critical to understand and appreciate the effort
exerted by a trainer to create a well-managed classroom.
Why is Classroom management Important?
To optimize student learning and achievement
Managing the classroom includes the various intricacies of student
learning that take account of expectations, interactions, motivation, and
behavior. An analysis of the classroom management research shows four
general components of classroom management that affect student
achievement for all students. These four components are (1) rules and
procedures; (2) disciplinary interventions, (3) teacher-student relationships,
and (4) mental set. "Mental set" refers to the mindset with which you
approach your classroom management.
Improving your classroom management means you are constantly
working to create a learning environment in which all students feel safe and
appropriately challenged. It means the learning opportunities you provide to
students are organized and delivered in ways that allow all students to
succeed. Effective classroom management is a crucial component of
ensuring that all students achieve in your classroom.
To successfully engage students.
Classroom management is important for ensuring that students learn
the material rather than committing it to short-term memory for tests.
Engaging students in lectures by moving around the room, asking
questions, and employing both verbal and nonverbal teaching methods
ensure that students are paying attention and taking more from the
learning experience than simple facts. Engaging students boosts their
confidence and makes the lesson more effective.
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To manage classroom time effectively
The efficient use of time is an important variable in helping students
achieve learning goals and making the classroom a pleasant place for
trainers and students. Instructional strategies must be planned to fit into
fixed time frames.
Variables that affect your use of time include noninstructional routine
procedures, transitions between activities or classes, and other
interruptions. Managing classroom time involves handling administrative
tasks quickly and developing strategies for making transitions and
interruptions as short and orderly as possible—even using them as
teachable moments. These routines and procedures form the backbone of
an efficiently run classroom and help students feel secure in your
To maintain a positive classroom atmosphere
Developing and maintaining a positive learning environment is a
foundation for effective teaching. Managing the learning environment is an
ongoing active process in which the teacher must be a careful observer,
communicator, facilitator, and manager.
Trainers try to offer their students a rich and inviting classroom
environment because they know that the richness of students' experiences
are enhanced or diminished by their surroundings. The classroom
atmosphere also affects the way students behave, as well as how much
attention they pay to instruction.
To maintain a positive classroom environment, it is important to
establish rules, procedures and standards; implement classroom routines;
prevent problems from occurring, establish a clear standard of conduct; and
instill a sense of respect and community among students. To further create
a relaxed atmosphere in the classroom, the trainer must be friendly,
understanding, respectful, patient, fair, set clear and reasonable
expectations and be willing to provide help.
Sound behavior management to avoid classroom indiscipline
Classroom discipline management is a skill that is not only learned
but practiced daily. Sound behavior management establishes the
environmental context that makes good instruction possible.
An effective discipline plan is the key. A trainer must be fair and
consistent towards students; must come to class prepared for the lesson at
hand; make transitions between parts of lessons smooth; look out for signs
of possible problems; make classroom rules understandable; use humor to
diffuse situations and avoid sarcasm.
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To manage classroom resources effectively
Effective classroom managers maximize the classroom’s physical
space to facilitate easy teacher movement and proximity, as well as student
movement and transitions. A high-quality training program necessitates a
classroom rich in accessible, well-organized materials and inviting spaces
where students can work alone, in groups, and with you.
Try different seating arrangements (e.g., circles, semicircles, U-
shapes, and squares). Constructive use of wall space makes a classroom
more conducive to learning and evokes a more positive climate. Important
The type of furniture
The space in the classroom
The type of instruction and activities you intend for the class
Storage of materials and records
Bulletin boards, chalk boards and other wall spaces, including the
Student movement and flexibility
To accommodate every student in the classroom, a trainer uses a wide range
of audio visual support devices:
Visual: Flipchart, Bulletin board/Pinboard, Whiteboard, Overhead
projector, Slide Projector, props and Accessories, Video clips, Word
Hearing: Music (for change of mood/illustrations), sound effects,
audio gimmicks, onomatopoeia
Feeling: Handouts, anecdotes, metaphors, parables
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True or False Question
Determine if the statements below are true or false. Write your answers in
your answer sheet.
1. When trainers are asked to identify the most difficult problem faced
during their first few years, they typically cite classroom management
and discipline problems.
2. Classroom Management is important only for managing classroom
Choose the best answer. Write the letter of your choice on your
3. When effective classroom managers were compared to ineffective
managers, which behavior was not observed?
A. Effective managers had procedures that governed student talk,
participation, and turning in work.
B. Misbehaviors were handled after class to prevent disruption of the
C. Effective managers gave clear presentations and explanations.
D. All of the above.
4. Classroom management _____________.
E. Classroom management is one area of teaching with a weak
F. Classroom management principles can only be learned through
G. Classroom management includes ensuring that stressful and non-
educational situations are avoided and students learn topics and
H. all of the above
5. A well-managed classroom is characterized by which of the following
A. A minimum of student deviancy and high academic expectations
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B. A minimum of student deviancy and high work involvement
C. Clear goals and expectations with minimum disruptions
D. Clear rules and procedures with minimum disruptions
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