“Classroom Management” includes the management of both the face-to-face and the online learning environments. One semester an educator might need management pointers for managing the number of late comers to face-to-face classes, but the next semester want to investigate different tools and tips for keeping their online learning environment up-to-date and on track. Classroom management incorporates both these desires for improvement.
CATL can provide input on instructional strategies and educational technology tools, respectively to boost your classroom management skills. Colleagues in your program are another great resource. You are all supporting and facilitating the learning of the same students. You could collaborate on strategies and share tools to send a consistent message across the entire program.
In addition, CATL workshop offerings often target this concern. Our offerings include Course/Classroom Management as well as Communication and Assessment. These workshops may showcase a specific technology tool to assist or introduce a new instructional strategy to support classroom management.
New and experienced faculty often worry about classroom management. We wonder why students are not listening to our words of wisdom, our wealth of experience, our excellent lesson plan. How can we get them back on track? Below are helpful resources premised on the principles of prevention and being proactive.
Investing Time Up Front
Investing time up front, specifically detailing essential aspects of your course will reduce the need for follow-up and will provide students with a sense of security and a set of clear expectations regarding the course which will then reduce anxiety.
One of the ways to manage the remote classroom involves the course set up in Blackboard. However all of these areas should be addressed in a face to face classroom as well.
- Learning objectives
- Assessments – submissions, notifications, turn around time
- What do you expect from the students – deadlines, professionalism, participation
- What can the students expect from you – grading, feedback, responding to questions
Forms of Communication
- Discussion board
- Social media
- Whole class/individuals/small groups
- When will you be available and how do you want students to contact you?
Emergency Action Plan
Have an emergency action plan or back up plan for when things do not go as planned. Expect the unexpected such as emergency lockdowns, fire alarms, inclement weather, power outages, medical situations, violent or aggressive behaviours. Any of these can take place at anytime during a class while there may be a test, labs, experiential learning activities or guest speaker. Review Loyalist College’s Emergency Response Plan.