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EDUC 4380U Lecture Notes - Logical Consequence, Peer Pressure, Learning Disability

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EDUC 4380U
David Gray

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September 25, 2012
Classroom Management Stems from Effective Teacher Instruction
o What are the 4 characteristics of a well-managed classroom?
Established leader
Guideline of rules
Right to pass
Mutual respect
No put-down
Actual answers
Students are involved in their work
Students know what is expected of them
There is little time wasted or confusion in the classroom
The climate is productive, yet relaxed
These also describe an effective teacher
Ineffective teacher
o If they believe that a job is just a job -> they turn off when the day is done
o They believe they can handle any situation in the world
o They think punishment is more effective than discipline
o They think parents are supposed to teach morality and virtues
This is partially true, but there has to be a partnership
o Can't separate behaviour from the child
Effective teacher
o Establishes positive control
o They care about the lives of the students -> actually involved
o Positive with ALL students
Sometimes you don't always like every single student, but you have to try to be
positive with all of them
o You want to plan lessons so that students can succeed
o You have to work well with colleagues
o Never stops learning
Factors that affect child behaviour
o Their peers
Peer pressure
o The home
Emotional, stability, parent's style
Rigid parenting will hound teachers for homework
Lackadaisical will be opposite
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o Role models
o Their own attitude
Children misbehave because
o They are bored
Maybe relook your own lesson plans
o They want power
o They like to
o For attention
Negative attention is better than no attention in some kids' minds
Logical consequence and arbitrary consequence
o Whether or not there is a link between the act and the result
Has no pencil
Logical: ask a friend for a pencil, if not, lend a pencil and make it clear that
he/she should bring it the next day
Get a pencil with their name on it; they have to sign it out everyday
Practice taking home a pencil and bringing it back -> a special pencil
Rather, keep it on the teacher's desk
Write out a pencil contract in their agenda, so that they would plan it out
and take authority
Scholar dollar program --> buying pencils from the teacher
Leave collateral with the pencil everyday so that it is returned
Arbitrary: if you have no pencil, then they just have to sit there (do it at home)
Forgets gym clothes
Logical: If young, warning.
A written gym assignment
Make them your helper
Arbitrary: Do plank position (yoga poses)
Make them sit out
Is late from recess
Logical: Keep them in for as long as they were late (after class) ; talk it through,
unless they have a good reason
Make them walk with you in recess
Arbitrary: Can't participate in the lesson; lines
Eats in class
Logical: talk it through; have them put it away
Natural consequence -> they'll be hungry for the rest of the day because
they finished their snack
Probe further --> find out why they're eating
Build in an actual snack time in the transition between classes
Arbitrary: confiscate the food and eat it in front of them
How do I schedule my classroom?
o Start on time
o Plan your time
i.e. in a 50 minute timeslot plan
5 min to review and hook
10 min to teach new concepts
10 min to review and practice with the whole class
15 min for follow up activities
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