Without effective classroom management, it is almost impossible for teachers to be at their best . A certain amount of order must exist for learning to take place. This is just common sense.
When I say that I believe that classroom management is the number one problem, I should say that I mean that it is the number one fixable problem. I often hear people mention that learning would be better if only the students came from a better economic situation, or if only every child had two parents at home, etc. etc. There is not a whole lot we can do to fix those kinds of problems. So let's not waste too much energy worrying about them.
There is something that can be done to improve classroom management, however. The answer is a drastic change in the approach that many teachers take to keeping order in their classrooms. The answer is Discipline Without Anger.
With this knowledge in hand, the next logical question is to ask what can be done to fix this problem. (The answer is more than just giving every teacher in the world a copy of my book, although that wouldn't be a bad start!) My suggestions for solutions will be coming next week.
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