I chose classroom management as the topic for this wiki project because I feel I am knowledgeable enough in my subject area, but creating an environment in the classroom that is conducive to conveying that knowledge to my students is still a new area of study for me, and seems an art in itself.
Top five things I learned:

1) Different ways to approach a class with behavioral problems from the very start.

2) The ways in which body language can telegraph messages to students

3) More information on self-esteem and its effect on achievement

4) Levels of misbehavior and how to address each level

5) more information on arranging students in the classroom

1. If you were to only check out one of the resources on this Wiki, this would be the resource should examine because of its detailed coverage of classroom management techniques to use in the classroom, including building a lesson plan that balances student interest with content. I gave this resource a 5 out of 5 rating. It covers and expansive amount of content on managing the classroom for student teachers and newly qualified teachers.

Classroom Management Lecture

2. This is a video that documents David Torn, the 2007 Teacher of the Year in London, who volunteered to teach a group of students that had the reputation of the "worst class". I gave this resource a 4.5 out of 5 rating because you get to see the techniques he used to gain control of a very disruptive class. It's interesting to see how much he micromanages the class, how slowly he speaks, and the amount of detail he uses in describing expectations. there is also a follow up video called "Tough Love - The Return" where you get to see the class at the end of the year.

Tough Love

3. This PowerPoint presentation covers many different aspects of classroom management from student placement to emotional needs. I gave this resource a 4 out of 5 rating because even though some parts are lacking context because there is no presenter, the majority of it is easy to follow and provokes some interesting ideas. The most notable is the mention of studies that reinforce the notion that self-esteem has no relation to achievement, and its distinction between earned self-esteem and global self-esteem.



4. This video covers ideas behind specific student seating arrangements in the classroom. I thought one of the most interesting points in video was the idea about avoiding "no go zones" when arranging seating. I gave this resource a 4 out of 5 rating because of the amount of detail contained in such a short and concise video. It is easy to understand, and really makes you think more about an aspect of classroom management that is often overlooked.

Classroom Seating

5. This video has some interesting information on dealing with a classroom with behavioral problems. Unfortunately, the video is a bit difficult to take seriously as it is formatted like an episode of What not to Wear. If you can get past the host who runs around with an mp4 player (product placement), then there is something to gain. I give it a 3 out of 5 rating.

They Didn't Teach Me That

6. This video is from the University of Ottawa. It covers general ideas centering on classroom management, and is worth watching. I give this resource a 3.5 out of 5 rating because it covers many different aspects of management as well as offering examples of how you might act of certain scenarios.



7. This is a very interesting video on body language and how you can use it to direct student behavior. I found it interesting how something as simple as standing in the doorway, and limiting the space in which students have to enter can affect them is such a way; forcing them to enter single file, and calming and situation that may have arisen outside the classroom. I gave this resource a 3.5 out of 5 rating because there are many interesting bits of information to be gained from watching. I would give it a higher rating, but I think this video only scratches the surface of this subject.

Body Language

8. The video below presents different ideas about how to deal with the commonly encountered problem of frequent talking or other minor disruptive behaviors exhibited by students. I give this resource a 3 out of 5 rating. The obvious $0 production value creates the perception that this video might not be worth watching. In fact it is well thought out and quite informative. It covers a near step by step approach to evaluating and correcting unwanted behavior from students.

Classroom Management

9. This video is certainly worth watching regardless of it educational value. It was produced in 1947 and it portrays a teacher handling a situation in the classroom in two different ways. I gave this video a 3 out of 5 rating because even though it may be outdated, many of the principals that it outlines still apply today.



10. This video that I'm posting below is not really what I'm trying to feature. It is number 1 of 100 videos, and some of them are worth watching. I give this resource a 2.5 out of 5 rating because you'll have to sift through it for what you think is useful. Most of what I watched was reasonable, but just so you are warned, number 99 is "don't use duct tape" on the children.



11. Below is an audio recording of an NPR broadcast discussing a book "Teach like a Champion" authored by Doug Lemov. There are some interesting things to be heard, but you have to listen to quite a long broadcast to catch the few that are mentioned. Rating is 2 out of 5.