What is “Classroom Management”?
Classroom management is the practice of dealing with discipline problems in the classroom, as well as preventing future discipline problems. Teachers aim to deal with disruptive behavior in order to maintain a productive classroom environment. Though there is no one universally agreed-upon definition of classroom management, The Handbook of Classroom Management describes it as having two purposes: “It not only seeks to establish and sustain an orderly environment so students can engage in meaningful academic learning, it also aims to enhance student social and moral growth.”
There are numerous classroom management theories, recommendations, and practices. For many teachers, classroom management is one of the most challenging aspects of the job. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “classroom management has been cited as one of the most prevalent reasons for job burnout and attrition of first-year teachers.”
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