Creating a Classroom Atmosphere for Better Student Engagement
What is the best way to boost student engagement in the classroom? While some studies have shown that a classroom with more student engagement can be more productive, it doesn’t eliminate the need for teachers to spend time with individual students who need extra help. In short, teachers need to find ways to engage all their students.
Most teachers already know that they must direct and guide the classroom with a positive learning environment. But the methods that they should use are not always clearly defined.
Classroom management vs. learning communities
Learning often falls into two broad categories: instruction and classroom management. The term “classroom management” refers to the structure and control of the classroom. It is rooted in an industrial model of education consisting of rigid schedules with classroom bells and large class sizes. Some school leaders and advocates now wonder if this is the best approach. In recent years the “classroom management” term has been dropped in some educational circles in favor of a term that’s thought to suggest a more positive relationship with students–a learning community.
What are some of the differences between a learning community and classroom management?
- Classroom management: Are rules mandated or negotiated?
- Power: Should power be unquestioned or given with respect?
- Effectiveness: Is an effective classroom passive and quiet or lively and with student engagement?
- Classroom control: Should the teacher provide feedback when it is punitive in nature or positive reinforcement?
- Teacher’s role: Should the teacher demand absolute attention or be a source of encouragement?