With that said, each participant of any event has their own personal "Aha!" moments. For me, it was during a break out session with Dr. Tracy Garrett a professor at the Department of Teacher Education at Rider University in New Jersey. The session title was, "Classroom Management: Dispelling Myths and Mentoring Beginning Teachers." During this session we explored the effects of teacher beliefs on classroom culture and examined the components of classroom management in the format of a sliding scale. Based on this encounter the following plan for implementing, sharing, and expounding on the ideology of classroom management is now hanging on my wall.
- Explore, “Effective Classroom Management: The Essentials,” by Tracy Garrett through the lens of mentoring/leadership.
- Share Dr. Garrett’s scale “The Process of Classroom Management” with colleagues.
Goal: Develop an understanding of the relationship between organizing the physical design of a room, developing rules & routines, establishing relationships, implementing engaging instruction, and addressing discipline.
- What are the personal beliefs of individual educators about classroom management? How do these beliefs affect classroom culture?
- How do we develop a balance between caring and order in a classroom environment? What will the impact of this balance be? How will this impact be measured?