Classroom Management is “the process of ensuring that classroom lessons run smoothly despite disruptive behavior by students. The term also implies the prevention of disruptive behavior.” (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classroom_management)
At times, teaching can be challenging especially if one is faced with disruptions that affect their classroom in one way or another. The link above provides five great strategies to use in order to set a smoother classroom environment.
1. Setting a ‘classroom norm’ where you have identified expected behaviours. This is especially effective if one starts with their own expectations from the students (such as no cell phones use during class) but also asks students to participate in voicing their expectations (such as peer support and no scents).
2. Saving questions for a later time. You can encourage questions, but write them down on a side board or a piece of paper. Establish a designated time to address the questions. This is usually at the end of the class session.
3. Plan how to manage mild disruptions. The article states various methods which are great resources when needed. My favorite ones are redirecting disruptive behaviour to the list established in item 1, rearranging seating or groupings or calling for a short class break.
4. Handling persistent disruptions in order to confront them and assist yourself as to decrease future recurrence. The article lists many great ideas, all of which direct teachers to address the disruption directly and professionally.
5. Sharing challenges with confidents who you trust will be able to assist you with their experience and resources.
Hopefully, each instructor will be able to have a smooth running classroom. However, this does not always happen. As such, we need to be equipped with classroom management skills that will help us overcome such challenges.