Introduction

Classroom management differs for every teacher. It involves teacher actions to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. Each teacher sets up his/her room in their own way. Everything from floor space, storage space, bulletin boards, wall space, arrangement of desks, placement of computers, all effect classroom management. There needs to be a certain amount of order in the classroom for instruction to occur. Student involvement is affected by order in the classroom. The teacher needs to be aware of student desks. All desks should be placed so that all students can focus on the teacher. Floor space needs to be arranged so that high traffic areas are clear. The teacher area should be placed with the teacher close to the student to minimize behavioral problems. There should be no barriers between students and teacher. Do not place teachers desk near a door where someone could grab something off of the desk and run out of the door quickly. The teacher needs to be prepared too to keep the class running smoothly. Teaching materials should be ready to go at the beginning of lessons. The teacher should also be aware of having a place to keep valuables like keys, purse, briefcase, etc. Have an emergency kit with things like rags tissues, soap, extra lunch money, and personal items. Have a supply of forms that are needed for daily running of school routines like tardy slips, hall passes, attendance forms, etc.

Teachers need to pay some attention to other classroom management issues as well, for example:
Support materials
Classroom helpers
Class lists and rosters
Home/school communication
Birthdays and other celebrations
Distributing textbooks
Room identification
Room arrangement
Seating charts and arrangements
Room decoration
Daily lesson planning
Policy sheets
Homework procedures
Folder for substitute teacher
Back-up materials

Additional Information Sites

What is Behavior Management?
http://maxweber.hunter.cuny.edu/pub/eres/EDSPC715_MCINTYRE/Primer.html

Assess Individual Behavior Management Style
http://maxweber.hunter.cuny.edu/pub/eres/EDSPC715_MCINTYRE/BehManCheckList.html