Part B: Application
In the application portion of my paper I will discuss and elaborate on the strategies of the theorists previously discussed. I will combine their theories will my ideas of how to effectively use classroom management and how I can incorporate these techniques into my future classroom. The theorists I will be focusing on are Harry Wong and Fritz Redl & William Wattenberg.
Two strategies I find very interesting and important from Harry Wong’s theory of pragmatics are: classroom management for the first day of school and the three step approach to teaching classroom procedures. The classroom management approach for the first day of school has four aspects to consider, these include: making sure the classroom is ready, making students feel welcome, making sure you understand how the first day sets the tone for the year and lastly, student seating areas and their significance.
Making sure your classroom is ready for students is very important. Teachers who take the time to prepare their classrooms prior to the first day can enhance student education and limit or minimize behavior problem. Being ready (prepared) is one way to determine how effective a teacher can be. Welcoming students and giving them a routine so they know where they need to be and how to get there is important so they become familiar and comfortable in the environment lessons the chance of problems where students don’t know what is go on. Understanding the first day of school determines how much respect and success you will have with your class for the rest of the year gives a teacher the opportunity to be clear and direct on their expectations. Arranging student seating on the first day of school will allow students the opportunity to maximize their education by limiting distractions by those around them. Thus they are able to accomplish their tasks.
I chose this strategy because the first day of school is usually the toughest day to get through because students are not exactly sure what to expect. You make have new students, new people to the school, traffic issues and the list goes on. I was impressed with this strategy because it makes me realize as a future teacher, you serve as guide for your students. You help them navigate through the year, by giving students a clear idea of how your class will function and your expectations will set your classroom standards for the year. The choices your students make throughout the year are going to reflect you, your teaching abilities and how your classroom functions. By following Henry Wong’s theory into the first day set-up of your classroom management and you can take charge (taking the time to prepare your classroom) in terms of set-up (environment), procedures, rules and routines is going to create a successful path for your students to follow. They will know the boundaries you set and what they need to do to be successful with you as their guide.
As a future teacher this strategy will help me mentally and...