28. Classroom Management

Abstract: As Einstein and Infeld noted in their work The Evolution of Physics, “In the whole history of science, from Greek philosophy to modern physics, there have been constant attempts to reduce the apparent complexity of natural phenomena to some simple fundamental ideas and relations. This is the underlying principle of all natural philosophy.” Classroom management – though not exactly a “natural phenomenon” – is a complex skill in need of simplification if it is to be taught effectively. The authors describe here the 5F Method of Classroom Management. Included are fundamental ideas and relations that can help student teachers, first year teachers, and even in-service teachers establish and maintain an appropriate classroom environment that is so important to a proper education.

Classroom Management: An Essential Skill – Classroom Management Styles – The 5F Method of Classroom Management – Proactive, Not Reactive – The First Days of Class – Ongoing Management: 9 Essential Skills for the Love and Logic Classroom – Documenting Student Behavior – Levels of Disciplinary Action – If Problems Arise… (And They Will) – Sometimes it is the Teachers’ Fault – When All Else Fails…