Lately, I have been reflecting upon and evaluating the importance of communication and behavior management with regards to implementing effective classroom instruction.
In “Classroom Management for Achieving Readers,” the authors discuss their findings on research for behavior management that has taken place over the years. They found that studies show that there are three key elements to effective classroom management systems: the teacher being aware of everything going on in the room, multitasking and dealing with two or more issues at a time, and effective transition time. Also important, they found, was having “well-paced, varied, and challenging lessons.”
In my experience, you can have the best laid out lesson in the world – and nothing will work out right if you don’t have an effective behavior management system in place.
This is one thing that I have struggled with and it feels as though everything is related to behavior management. Learning about cultural awareness, diversity, discourses, critcal literacy, etc. All of it depends upon and contributes to behavior management.
My question is – how do I put it all together? I feel like my teaching is piecemeal in a way. I have all of these ideas, theories, research, and findings in my mind and I feel as though I am stop – start – stop – start like someone learning how to drive stick. How do I make everything flow? There are so many unpredictable variables with teaching that it can be hard to keep up with in the middle of lessons.