My Philosophy of Classroom Management

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Abstract My classroom management philosophy is a constant work in progress, but based off of personal experiences and major management theorists I have developed a basic philosophy to guide me through student teaching and the early years as a teacher. The core principles of my philosophy are rooted in establishing a classroom community and mutual respect between students and the teacher. The following essay outlines the theorists that have impacted my philosophy as well as ways I plan to implement my management philosophy. The foundation of an effective classroom is a strong, supportive classroom management plan. The first hurdle many new teachers have to overcome is the ability to maintain control of the classroom they are teaching. As I begin to develop my own management philosophy, I turn towards management theorists to develop a plan that models an effective management style while also reflecting my own personality. Rooted in my fundamental beliefs about students, that all students can learn, a classroom is a community, and mutual student/teacher respect is invaluable, I have begun to develop a unique classroom management philosophy. My philosophy reflects the theorists Rosemary and Harry Wong, William Glasser, Alfie Kohn, and Fred Jones. As I start my career as an educator I will turn to the studies of these theorists to continue to craft a personal management plan. The management of a classroom should first and foremost reflect the personality of the teacher that leads it. I am not a stern disciplinarian, nor am I a person who is willing to be walked all over. My management philosophy will reflect who I am. My classroom will be built on a mutual respect between th... ... middle of paper ... my room giving minimal time for student misbehavior. By meeting the basic needs of my students mutual respect will develop and a learning community will be created within my classroom. Positive behavior will be maintained through educational incentives and hierarchal, tiered discipline plan. References Bartel, V. B. (2005). Learning communities: beliefs embedded in content-based rituals. Early Childhood Education Journal, 33(3), 151-154. Charles, C.M.. Building classroom discipline. Boston: Pearson Education, 2010. Print Malmgren, K. W., Trezek, B. J., & Paul, P. V. (2005). Models of classroom management as applied to the secondary classroom. Clearing House, 79(1), 36-39. Sayeski, K. L., & Brown, M. R. (2011). Developing a classroom management plan using a tiered approach. Teaching Exceptional Children, 44(1), 8-17.

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