Readying the Classroom

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The issue of classroom management tends to be one of the most challenging tasks for every teacher- experienced or new, and at every level. In its base form, it is the process of ensuring that the classroom lessons run smoothly and that learning is accomplished with a minimum of interruptions. Research abounds as to the importance of classroom management in the contemporary school, as well as the frustration many teachers feel in an increasingly litigious environment in which their every disciplinary action is scrutinized and criticized. In fact, the U.S. National Educational Association noted that almost 40 percent of teachers surveyed said that given the choice, they would probably not go into teaching again because of "negative student attitudes and discipline" and their lack of freedom in managing their class. This is particularly true of the first few months of school, when students are trying to settle into a new routine and teachers are struggling to develop procedures that will have maximum impact (Schneider, 2003). There are several components to getting the classroom ready for the new year. Among the most vital are: teaching rules and procedures, strategies for potential problems, and student accountability. Rules and procedures are essential because when students know what expectations are in place, they will respond better to material being taught and discipline. Rules are general expectations to create expectations of what is and what is not acceptable;
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