September 07, 2019

 How can you manage your classroom so that the learning environment is fair to all your students?

Introduction
The social and emotional knowledge environment as well as the physical environment knowingly influences student knowledge, engagement, assertiveness and comfort as well. Peaceful, loyal and well-managed environments inspire rendezvous with knowledge.
There is a greater relationship between students’ achievement and the learning environment teachers create in their classrooms. Therefore, as teachers we must create a positive learning environment fairly among our students.  “Effective management is the key factor to a positive classroom environment” (Hue & Li, 2008). In order to produce a positive learning environment we must be aware of the following specific techniques.

Address students need

Firstly, we have to focus on students need for security and order, love, and belongings, personal power and competence, freedom and novelty, as well as fun. Students are motivated to meet these needs every time. Therefore, when we address these needs in the classroom, students will be cheerier to be in the classroom, behavioral issues occur far less often and students’ motivation on learning increases as well.

 Create a Sense of Order

As every students wants to know that their teacher not only knows his/her content area, instead knows how to manage his/her classroom. So, it is the responsibility of the teacher to provide clear behavioral and academic expectation right from the beginning. It is important that students should know what is expected from them all the time. In the meantime, by teaching operative procedures along with many practical tasks that are performed in the classroom such as, enter the classroom and immediately engaged in learning practices, distribute and collect objects, get the teachers attention without trouble making the class, as well as arrange students’ desks quickly and quietly to  make easier for different purposes like, in pairs for cooperative learning, in rows facing the front for direct instruction,  in groups of five for cooperative learning, and in a large  semi-circle for class discussions.

Greet Students at the Door Every Day

When students enter in the classroom, greet each one of them with a smile at the door, make eye contact on with them by giving verbal greeting according to the age of the students. By applying these ways students knows/feels that they are special.

Let Students Get to Know You
Classroom management is the process of managing and controlling the classroom environment. To ensure that teachers are able to get through to students in an effective and productive manner, without distractions or disruptive behavior, they use specific techniques. Classroom Management Indicators are used to measure the success that teachers have in managing their classroom and activities (Martin, 2005).  Therefore, to manage our classroom as a positive and fair to every single student, we must apply different techniques to create a positive and fair learning environment.

Normally, students come into the classroom with in flexible observations about their teachers. Occasionally, it can be good as well as can be a complication. As teachers we wanted to be a trustworthy, believable human being for our students. In order to get our students trust and make individual feel special we must try our level best to treat the fairly among all and even if there is any classroom competition  we must show our support equally in between all.

Get to Know Your Students

It is vital to know our students’ culture, interests, and personalities, learning styles, extra- curricular activities, goals and attitudes to reach them. There are some ways that we can build a greater relationship with our students such as, by educating ourselves about their culture, talk to them as much as possible, and holding regular class meetings and by playing team-building games with students as well.

Over 50 years of research has shown that incentives, gold stars, stickers, monetary rewards, A’s, and other sweeteners only help to challenge students’ essential motivation, produce relationship difficulties, and lead to students doing nothing without a promised reward. Therefore, instead of degrading student’s successes by giving stickers or symbols, make them aware about how it feels to reach talent and admiration the strength, approaches, and procedures that managed them to those successes. Then only just talk about what they have learned currently, definitely that will benefit students to accomplish their resulting successes. 


Avoid Judging

Whenever students feel like they are being judged, categorized, and/or labeled, they distrust the one who is judging them. It is very easy for us to judge a student who does not take part during classroom discussions and activities, as a careless or weak student. But instead of that as teachers we must talk to them and even talk with their parents if necessary, to know much about the student. We have to observe and identify the reason behind that particular attitude and do everything we can to motivate the particular student. And most importantly, we should not allow other students to bully the one who is weak or silent. Meanwhile, we must teach and practice our students to respect and care for each other in order to have a safe, secure and happier classroom environment.

Employ Class-Building Games and Activities

To create a positive relationship with our students, it is necessary to give equal importance among them. One of the best practices is to engage students in non-competitive games and co-operative learning structures. “Increased physical activity during the school day can help children's attention, classroom behavior, and achievement test scores. Meanwhile, the decline of play is closely linked to ADHD; behavioral problems; and stunted social, cognitive, and creative development.” Darell Hammond.

Be Vulnerable

It helps to develop trust faster than any other approach. Acknowledging our mistakes displays that we are human and it makes us more sociable. It delivers a message that it’s okay to make mistakes in this classroom. As teachers we have to make them aware about learning through mistakes.  A simple spelling mistake never makes a student weak; on the other hand make them understand that, that spelling mistake is another opportunity to improve you.

 Celebrate Success

This is the most important thing which we should not avoid. Whenever our students get any reward or achievement, it is necessary to celebrate it. It helps to develop their confidence as well as motivate them on studies. In order to celebrate their success teachers can set a goal, like the whole class achieving 80 percent or higher on an assessment. In addition, teachers can create a chart that shows students’ progress on the wall chart (percentages, not individual names). And after each assessment, both parties (teacher and students) can discuss about what they have learned and the specific areas they have to improve to get ready for the next assessment.

Conclusion

Classroom management is the process of managing and controlling the classroom environment. To ensure that 
teachers are able to get through to students in an effective and productive manner, without distractions or 
disruptive behavior, they use specific techniques. Classroom Management Indicators are used to measure the
 success that teachers have in managing their classroom and activities (Martin, 2005).  Therefore, to manage
 our classroom as a positive and fair to every single student, we must apply different techniques to create a 
positive and fair learning environment.

References

By Jonathan C. Erwin, M. (2016, november 29). 10 Ways Teachers Can Create a Positive Learning Environment. Retrieved from https://freespiritpublishingblog.com/2016/11/29/ten-ways-teachers-can-create-a-positive-learning-environment/
galsser, w. (1996). Retrieved from https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Classroom_Management_Theorists_and_Theories/William_Glasser
Vilson, J. (2012, september 19). Retrieved from Building a Positive, Trusting Classroom Environment: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/building-positive-trusting-classroom-jose-vilson
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