PK-12 Classroom Theories

Great Essays
Apply Theories Regarding Classroom Management to Instruction Classroom management is important to the successful learning of students in PK-12 classrooms. If the teacher demonstrates effective techniques, then the students should demonstrate appropriate levels of academic learning. In retrospect, if the teacher is ineffective, the students’ scores will be representative of their progress. Educational Psychologists William Wattenberg and Rudolf Dreikurs are well known for their contributions to theory to the field of classroom management. In the previous week, we learned that William Wattenberg noted that characteristics of individual behavior were different than that of group behavior. It was Wattenberg’s goal to involve students in the …show more content…
Both theorists worked to gain a better understanding of how to manage inappropriate behaviors that disrupt the learning process. Likewise, teachers soon discovered that both systems were too complex to implement daily in the classroom. Among these two theorists, there seems to be a common emphasis to have a positive impact on student behaviors. Therefore, there was an urge among theorists to decide the best means to properly correct inappropriate behaviors. Both theorists believed that there should be consequences for students that expressed inappropriate actions and that the student population should be engaged and represented in the process with teachers to determine decisions about discipline. As such, forms of disciplinary actions as punishment should be avoided in the classroom. Teachers should avoid interactions that would further remove students from being engaged in the learning process. Furthermore, students should all be advised and have an understanding that unacceptable behaviors will result in consequences for their …show more content…
Therefore, the school teachers should introduce the list of class rules and standards for expectations to the students hopefully on the first day of class. Typically, this is done as part of an icebreaker to help everyone familiarize themselves with their classmates and with their teacher while the teacher explains the consequences for violating the class rules. Over a period, the teacher will be able to reflect upon this list and use it to serve as a reminder to all students, especially to those that are non-compliant. Seemingly, group dynamics are emphasized as peer pressure can alter the behaviors of students. In this instance, model students can have a tremendous impact on the students that exhibit unacceptable behavior. During this time, the students accept shared ownership with the teacher for implementing class rules. The same holds true for troubled students if their behavior goes uncorrected. It is expected that the teacher along with compliant students forbids this behavior timely and regains control while eliminating one bad apples characteristics from damaging the entire class

Related Documents

  • Superior Essays

    Teachers are more than simply blind punishers. They look at the action and the cause of the misbehavior as opposed to labeling the student. The least useful portion of Dreikurs’ theory is that students may not be truthful when explaining why they misbehaved and it may be difficult for the teacher to identify the true reason. Lee and Marlene Canter: Discipline through assertive tactics Lee and Marlene Canter believe that educators should try to catch students doing good deeds, set standardized rules and punishments, and have the expectations for all students. The Canters believe that there is a place for punishment in the classroom, but only if it is set in stone and standardized.…

    • 1345 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    The teacher could have a classroom policy that every student is made aware of emphasizing bullying and the consequences for it. As a teacher avoiding yelling and harsh comments will set a good example for each student. The students should be held accountable for their inappropriate actions and have repercussions. These punishments should be something that will help them learn like working with the student they bully or having to write and read them an…

    • 774 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    School is a place to educate children to become better individuals, if the school system uses this technique on them it only teaches them to ignore or get rid of the difficult tasks and reform into the picture everyone wants. Children should be guided and taught in a positive and safe environment from adults while attending classes. Education staff and law enforcement take these children out of class or expel them which in turn sets them up to fail their educational goals. Schools have set up, to have officers onsite, but they should be using those resources to educate their educators to handle difficult situations in their classrooms and not just push them off to the officer on duty. A class disruption does not always warrant a trip to the principal’s office or a suspension, if they take the time to know their students it makes it that much easier to defuse a situation when it arises.…

    • 749 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Therefore, I will have to find different stimuli to reach out my diverse group of students. Although I have a grasp knowledge of how the theories function in a classroom setting I still wonder what classroom management strategies could work better with children with disabilities such as ADHD and autism. Being in a classroom with a student with ADHD has given me a better into the challenges the teacher faces when it comes to dealing with behavior-related issues. Overall, I agree with the postures shown in the chapter with the exception of punishment. I believe that there are two ways children respond to punishment, either they correct the behavior and have a positive image of the school or the punishment discourage learning and motivation.…

    • 756 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    In other words, the power lies within each person to determine how he or she will respond to the demands of the social and physical environment (Elvin, G., & Lionel,M.(2011). However,Kounin saw that the teachers’ reactions are the essential factors causing a certain behavior. He noticed how the reactions of teachers to students affected classroom management in a negative way. He learned that teachers were always receiving similar responses from their students no matter how they reacted to misbehavior in the classroom. From this observation, he concluded that there must be something a teacher could do to prevent misbehavior in the first place, which would lead to more effective classroom management.…

    • 1060 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Great Essays
  • Improved Essays

    As educators, we need to understand and learn how to become more skilled at implementing new methods for responding to unproductive student behavior. Definitely, it is not an easy task for most educators. We know that our responsibility is to teach and help all students become productive citizens even if they come from home with a negative attitude; therefore, we need to find new alternative ways on how to handle these unproductive student behaviors without confronting them. One of the most common classroom management challenges facing teachers is how to effectively respond when a student disrupts the classroom while the teacher is presenting the lesson (Jones & Jones, 2016). Even though I am an experience educator, I feel the need of acquiring…

    • 1113 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    “Lead a class discussion on bullying. Make certain that students understand what bullying is and why it is harmful. Have them write about their experiences and feelings, and include role-plays to clearly demonstrate what constitutes bullying (Migliore 2003).” This is one way to eliminate bullying and it is vital so that students can understand what bullying is and the dangers of it as well. Another way is to Teach social skills routinely through specific lessons and in conjunction with other activities throughout the day (Migliore 2003). While it is undoubtedly controversial to implement morals as a teacher, I feel that it is important not only to enhance your students knowledge but also to try to make your students better people.…

    • 1081 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    There will be times the lesson did not address the student’s needs and will need to be revamp to require an accurate understanding. While teaching it is acceptable to not get everything right when learning the each student’s needs. But it is the thought process that follows as a teacher which is important. In the video of ‘Kathryn Schulz: On Being Wrong’, she states “getting something wrong may mean there is something wrong with us”, but in addition “It is okay to get something wrong” as we are all humans and humans make errors while learning. When an obstacle occurs in our teaching strategy it should be view as a learning tool.…

    • 785 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Beyond the Discipline also mentions that a democratic process to learning can lead to better understanding of behaviors and rules, which can be done in a classroom by asking a student guided questions as to why they chose to misbehave and then working with them to decide a suitable punishment. I believe in classrooms that I have had the opportunity to be involved in there is a mix of management techniques. After learning about numerous strategies, I found the case-based approach to be the most appropriate for the reason that not all students are alike or respond in the same way. As a teacher, taking the time to get to know a student, their daily behavior patterns, and other factors that may impact their actions, you can then approach behavior and achievement accordingly. As many strategies emphasized, relationship building is a basic building block towards ideal and effective classroom achievement.…

    • 808 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Also taking away their free time because they were very talkative a day in class. Students will learn by example and this will modify their behavior. Positive and negative consequences will vary behavior but creating an intervention plan with bad students will help them understand and slowly monitor progress. During my field experience I have noticed that my cooperative teacher has taken away fun activities/ labs in class because of the way that students were behaving and this has shown a positive impact on their behavior in future classes because the teacher follows thru with what she says she will do if they do not behave. The ultimate goal of my classroom management is not to manage control of the class but to ensure that everyone meets my expectations in order for them to learn in an effective and supportive environment but to teach students self-discipline and to understand the rules and consequences of my classroom by acting accordingly.…

    • 808 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays