Advanced Teaching Skills for Classroom Management
The importance of classroom management has been highlighted across numerous research studies as the major variable that affects student achievement. The most obvious reason for this is that effective classroom management sets the stage for teaching and learning.
This makes sense since a classroom that is chaotic and disorganised as a result of poor management is highly unlikely to enhance student achievement and might, indeed, inhibit it. What is less obvious, however, is that a teacher's classroom management practices are major socialising influences on the students. Each one of the teacher's actions communicates, subtly or otherwise, explicit messages about social norms, expectations and emotional behaviour. Even if teachers are unaware of it, their students are constantly developing a repertoire of social and emotional skills - both good and bad - through modelling, experimentation, and reinforcement.
All of the activities that we group under the heading of 'classroom management' can and do help students to develop lifelong healthy habits and behaviours.