Classroom management is a skill that should be highlighted in every teacher training program. New teachers come to their classrooms loaded with a wide array of teaching theories and methodologies but with very little of classroom management tips.This is why most of them get disappointed after the first two or three months of in class teaching. They discover that teaching is a job that necessitates a lot of patience and perseverance, a rigorous process of trial and error. I still remember my first year as a teacher and how I used to suffer with classroom management. Sometimes I had thoughts of quitting my job and I am pretty sure many of you have had similar experiences.
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To shed more light on this topic and to help those of you who are still new to teaching, I am sharing with you a great presentation from Sherry Terrel . the slideshow below includes some excellent tips on classroom management .
As I was going through its content , a quote stood out to me and just wanted to highlight it here for you :
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized. " Dr.Haim Ginott.