Classroom Management: the Lengths We Go to Maintain Authority

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A.J. Zenkert


It’s easy for anyone to say that a teacher who punches students when he or she is frustrated is in the wrong. And it’s easy for anyone to say that a teacher who moves a misbehaving student’s clip from green to yellow is just doing his or her job. But what about situations in the middle? When do we decide that something is too much, or not enough? The continued existence of corporal punishment in public schools in 19 states is an indicator of how much gray area there is in acceptable classroom management in American schools. Every classroom is different, but most people would say there are some universal rules and some standard procedures. Where do these come from? Why and how do we apply them? How do we know they work? Classroom management isn’t just about the clip system, corporal punishment, or the timeout method. It is, in essence, the way that teachers communicate with their students every minute of every day. While classroom management is used as a stand in for words like “discipline,” it is really an all-encompassing synonym for “how you treat your students.”

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