What is Classroom Management?
Whether you are a seasoned instructor or new to the craft, there are many decisions you make about any course you teach. The instructor's routines and expectations for a course can be grouped under the title of "classroom management." Whether you are aware of it or not, these decisions are guided by your personal beliefs and knowledge about how people learn (also known as your teaching philosophy). Some examples of components of classroom management at the college level include how you:
- Choose to assess student learning (see also Alternatives to Traditional Exams and Term Papers)
- Hold students accountable for coming to class prepared
- Have students interact with material and each other, for example: discussion groups (found in our Teaching Handbook), flipping the class, and using clickers.
- Establish a collegial classroom atmosphere
Application: Examples of Classroom Management Strategies
In the videos below, observe the instructors' different perspectives on components of classroom management, including:
- Student accountability
- Developing appropriate relationships with students
- Facilitating interactions between students for optimal learning
- Communicating expectations to students