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Why is classroom management a critical focus of effective instruction?

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monique06 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted August 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM via web

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Why is classroom management a critical focus of effective instruction?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 26, 2013 at 2:19 PM (Answer #1)

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Classroom management is a critical focus of effective instruction because there is no way that effective teaching can happen in a poorly managed classroom.  Even if a teacher has a tremendous grasp of the material and has wonderful lesson plans, there is no way he or she can get students to learn much if the classroom is not well managed.

Classroom management refers to the process of keeping order in the classroom.  It refers to the process by which a teacher ensures that there is an environment in which students can concentrate on learning.  If such an environment does not exist, no real learning can happen.

For example, imagine a classroom in which the teacher cannot control the amount of talking that is going on between students.  There will be background noise that prevents students from attending to the teacher.  There will be many students who are not even trying to listen to the teacher.  This will mean that hardly anyone in the class will be concentrating effectively on the lesson that is being taught.

A classroom needs to be orderly to allow students to pay attention to the teacher.  Therefore, classroom management is a critical focus of effective instruction.

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