Develop a sound philosophy of the teaching-learning process.
It has been said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." When it comes to classroom management, the greatest measure you can take to prevent discipline problems is to function within a sound philosophy of the teaching-learning process.
A good philosophy answers the question, "How do people best learn?"
Upon that answer rests the teacher's role and methodology.
Out of that a student's behavior is often swayed.
If you believe that students learn by sitting still, listening, and acquiring facts then you will see yourself primarily as a dispenser of information.
Your methods will tend to be one-way -- from the teacher to the student as in lecture or storytelling. Students may get bored, restless, or frustrated. Children will have a difficult time sitting still. Because little has been developed relationally with the teacher, when faced with the choice of obeying the teacher, the child will be pulled toward his friends or what he himself wants.
If, on the other hand, you believe that students learn by getting involved and discovering truth on their own, then you will see yourself as a guide, a motivator, a friend, and a model.
Your methods will involve the students, giving them opportunity to explore and discuss. Because they are participants, their attention is maintained and they develop a sense of ownership in the process. Because relationship has been a part of the learning experience, the students will tend to be more cooperative and respectful of you, the teacher.
(Last updated 5/01/16)
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