Classroom management: What teachers should know

Regina M Oliver provides some practical advice for teachers, culled from a systematic review of the research on classroom management

TEACHERS WHO STRUGGLE WITH classroom management experience a high level of stress and burnout. “I love teaching and would do it forever if it wasn’t for the difficult pupil behaviour in my classroom.” “I’ve tried everything but nothing seems to help.” These are common sentiments held by many teachers. Teachers enter the profession because of their desire to teach, but often find themselves ill-prepared to manage the challenges of classroom behaviour management. More and more pupils are entering school without the behavioural competencies to meet the instructional and social demands of the classroom environment. Teachers frequently report a lack of training in their teacher preparation programmes to effectively manage an increasingly diverse pupil population. Without the skills needed to establish structured, positive environments that support pupil behaviour, teachers quickly become overwhelmed and many ultimately leave the profession.

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October 2012