Classroom Management Style
All teachers adopt their own classroom management style. The style usually tells you a lot about their personality and their personal beliefs on how students should be taught. Whether you are a beginning teacher or a seasoned teacher, it is important to know your classroom management style and understand what works and what will not work. Most teachers do not fall perfectly into one category. We all have overlapping traits. When you understand your management style, it will make your job much easier. It will also benefit your students.
The All Powerful All Knowing
We have all had this teacher! The teacher that must have TOTAL control of the classroom. This teacher is (usually) not the most popular teacher. This teachers classroom is highly efficient and does not provide time for play. This classroom management style is call the Authoritarian Style. There are firm limits and control on the students. Students may have the same assigned seat the entire year. The desks will be setup in rows and there will rarely be any deviations from the rules and procedures. Restroom passes, tardy excuses, late work, and excused absences are rarely granted.
This classroom tends to be quiet and the students are not allowed to interrupt the teacher during the lesson. Students are expected to follow instructions without questioning the reasoning behind the instructions. The teacher may not be the favoriate among the students; however, the students will be more focused on succeeding in the classroom. Sometimes the students in this type of class feel powerless and are less likely to ask questions when they have a problem. This style may seem harsh, it can be mixed with other styles to create a healthy environment for the students.
The Powerful and Knowing
This teaching style incorporates many of the same practices of the Authoritarian Style, but also encourages students to develop their indepedence. This style of teacher will take the time to explain the reasons behind their rules, procedures, and decisions so that the students understand the reasoning behind their decision. When students disruptive in this type classroom, the teacher will correct the behavior in a polite firm manner. The teacher will consider the circumstances around each infraction and communicate openly with the student.
In this classroom management style, students are allowed to question the teachers thinking in a respectful debate. This management style allows students to grow in their emotional intelligence unlike the authoritarian style. Students feel comforable interrupting the teacher’s lecture as long as they have a relevant question or comment. Communication skills flourish in this type of environment which benefit the students in real world interactions.
The teacher is often warm and nurturing. He/She expresses genuine interest in the students academic grown and in the students personal needs. The classroom is one of praise and encouragement which allows the students to feel comforable in exchanging thoughts and questions with the teacher and with other classmates. The teacher tends to guide students through lessons instead of lecturing. Failure is an acceptable part of this classroom as it promotes student growth.
The Cool Cat Teacher
Every student in the world loves the “cool” teacher. The Indifferent style lets the students have the power in the classroom. Students create the rules but obedience can be weakened. There are few demands of constraints placed on students as they are encouraged to do their “own” thing. Students in this type of class are not monitored closely if at all. Teachers who prefer the Indifferent style try not to hurt the studnets’ feelings and has difficulty creating boundaries and enforcing rules or procedures. Interruptions are common as the teacher believes the students have something of value to say even if it is not relavent to the lesson.
The Indifferent style teacher cares for his or her students very much and is often envolved deeply in their lives. Sometimes the mood of the students create the direction of the classroom. This type classroom is embraced by the majority of students; however, some feel that the lack of sturucture is not conducive to learning or makes learning a challenge. The danger of this style is that students often have a lower expectation of themselves and a lower motivation to learn. Students view their teacher as their friend rather than an instuctor.
This approach is often called laissez-faire because this style does little to help students learn and the teacher grow. The teacher that uses this classroom management style might be disconnedted and have no control over the class whatsoever. There are few, if any, requirements placed on the students and the teacher often seems uninterested. There is an obvious lack of preparation and field trips or any other type of extended learning (projects, STEM, etc) is out of the question. This type of classroom often results from lack of skill, confidence, or the courage to discipline the students. Students follow in this teachers footsteps and learning becomes an after thought. No teacher would ever admit to this style, it is important to be aware that this type of management style does exist. A Laissez-faire style teacher would benefit from motivation PD which would reignight the fire that made them want to teach.
The chart below shows the level of control and the involvement associated with the type of control.
What is your Classroom Management Style? Take the Quiz!
- What classroom management style do you exhibit?
- Which style agrees with your personality?
- Thinking of the style that agrees with your personality, are you comfortable with this style?
- What can you do to change your classroom management style if you don’t like what you see?