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Arden T. Miller, Ph.D

Psychology of Education

11. Managing the Classroom Environment

 

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Reading assignment: Chapter 12

1. Outline the goals of classroom management and distinguish good discipline from discipline fraud. Consider the relationship of good discipline to motivation and engaged time or time on task.

2. Consider student attributes and goals of misbehavior as factors that contribute to discipline issues.

3. Describe the Pupil Control Ideology and self-efficacy of teachers who have the most problems in the classroom and their typical reactions to the stressful events which occur in the classroom.

4. Consider the conditions that make punishment effective. Outline the drawbacks of using punishment as the primary method of controlling children’s behavior. Consider steps that can be taken to minimize the negative effects of punishment while maximizing its impact on behavior.

5. Discuss special problems that the usage of corporal punishment creates.

6. Explain how logical and natural consequences of behavior are different from punishment?

7. Discuss how effectiveness at withitness, overlapping, group focus, movement management, teaching self-regulation can prevent the emergence of significant classroom disruptions. (text only)

8. Discuss the principles behind Assertive Discipline and describe the methods for its application.

9. Discuss the principles behind a democratic class (or just community) and describe methods for its application.

10. Debate the merits of autocratic and democratic approaches to management of the classroom.

11. Discuss communication strategies, e.g. I-messages, empathetic listening, problem ownership, and no-lose conflict resolution strategies for dealing with student behavioral problems.

12. Discuss and distinguish rules and procedures that are necessary to the classroom, considering also the means by which these rules and procedures are formulated and enforced.