Graduation Year

2013

Location

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

20-4-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2013 10:00 AM

Description

One challenge to creating a safe learning environment in the classroom is deciding how to implement classroom management strategies that support the diverse student population. In order to face this challenge, teachers must steer away from prescribed methods of behavior management and focus on individual student needs. This study investigates the benefits and downfalls of behavior management systems, and the ways in which these programs affect the formation of student identities in the classroom. Examples of behavior management materials as well as extensive field notes were collected to inform the study. The findings indicate scripted behavior management plans undermine teacher and student relationships and point to the importance of teachers understanding individual student needs and finding what works best for them. Further research would help to explore alternative methods to rewards and punishment systems that foster relationships and encourage a student-centered approach to creating a classroom environment.

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Connections and Reflection: Examining a Structured, Socialized Curriculum in a Kindergarten Classroom

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

One challenge to creating a safe learning environment in the classroom is deciding how to implement classroom management strategies that support the diverse student population. In order to face this challenge, teachers must steer away from prescribed methods of behavior management and focus on individual student needs. This study investigates the benefits and downfalls of behavior management systems, and the ways in which these programs affect the formation of student identities in the classroom. Examples of behavior management materials as well as extensive field notes were collected to inform the study. The findings indicate scripted behavior management plans undermine teacher and student relationships and point to the importance of teachers understanding individual student needs and finding what works best for them. Further research would help to explore alternative methods to rewards and punishment systems that foster relationships and encourage a student-centered approach to creating a classroom environment.