Classroom Management was written so that experienced teachers, beginning teachers and educators in staff development positions will be able to extend their thinking and skills related to classroom management. If you are in a mentoring role helping a teacher who is experiencing classroom management problems, you will also find the ideas in this book meaningful and practical. Classroom Management focuses on increasing the readers understanding of how effective teachers prevent and respond to misbehavior to create a learning environment that encourages student learning.
- The authors, Barrie Bennett and Peter Smilanich, view the teacher as a critical thinking and life long learner
- The theory is designed to help readers understand why teachers and students behave the way they do, and from that, to understand why a particular approach does or does not work
- Teacher change, and understanding the process of change occurs most readily in a supportive environment highlighted by an atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality. Effective classroom management systems do not occur in school cultures devoid of collegiality and collaboration. (Collegiality refers to the shared power that encourages effective qualities such as trust and kindness among the staff; collaboration refers to the ability to work and learn together, which in turn provides an avenue to confront and resolve issues and conflicts.)