interview q: how to manage a class room

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  1. abat_jour

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    need help; interviewing soon (YAY!!!) and I am worried about answering this. I am female and young-ish and it may be expected that am a push-over.

    How can I convince hiring committee I am not and can manage a clasrroom...also if you have any books (other than teach like a champ...by lemov) or tips on writing a classroom mgmt plan, please share.
    thanks!!!
     
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    Behavior management is only a portion of classroom management. I'm assuming you are worried about the behavior management portion? It is OK for you to tell them that you are comfortable using multiple methods. As you gain experience, you will learn that every class is different and the same things won't always work.
     
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    You need to talk about classroom management as if you are the queen of it! Sound confident and assure them that you are not afraid of children. It's a good idea to let them know that you will establish procedures and expectations at the beginning of the year. Tell the interviewers some of your expectations. Make sure you have steps to follow. For example, if you have a student misbehaving you start off with a warning, next you take away recess, if the problem goes on you call the parents, and if the kid won't follow directions no matter what you do, seek a behavior intervention plan for the student. THE LAST THING YOU SHOULD DO IS SEND THE KID TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE BECAUSE IT SHOWS THAT YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE CLASS. (exception, if kids are put in danger (or fighting) you call any and everybody)

    This is what got me my first job, in most of my interviews I wasn't saying anything about classroom management...at least you're worried about it, I wasn't even thinking about it. You're already ahead of the game haha
     
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    I think you can also talk about the need to be very clear what your expectations will be and giving students the time to practice and model for each other what the procedures are so they know what to expect.

    Engaging, easy to follow, and age appropriate lessons also help to alleviate classroom management problems from kids who are bored or don't know what to do because they are confused...

    anyways just some ideas :)
     
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    Did you get any positive reviews of your management while student teaching? You could include those in your portfolio and pull them out while talking about some effective techniques you've used.
     
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    Convince them you can manage a classroom by sharing your management philosophy, strategies that you've used successfully. It's not about buzz words, it's about what you believe in and what you can successfully deliver.
    What strategies/philosophies guide your classroom mgt? What books on mgt have you read that strike a chord with you?
    I've never written a classroom mgt plan, but I have a strong philosophy that guides the mgt decisions I make. I can confidently speak to my positive, cooperative classroom mgt and can share examples of how my students learn self mgt and responsibility while developing feelings of capability, connectedness and contribution in our classroom.
    Having served on hiring committes for my district, I can tell you we didn't really want to hear about traffic light charts or other visible "systems" of mgt...candidates who could talk about developing classroom climate and culture were considered more desirable.
     
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    I was in an urban school but didn't have problems. I do have a lot of "street cred" though from living in Oakland CA for a long time. Also, I don't shock when kids say silly stuff. I went to lots of professional developments and basically they boil down to "don't be a self-righteous condescending jerk" IMO. I don't know the language. I manage a lot through planning; I over-plan and keep em busy. I am a very approachable person.

    I am worried if they ask a specific question about a really deviant behavior.
     
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    I think it is important to not just state your classroom management style, but share examples of things that work. I just interviewed for a job and when they called to let me know I didn't get the position I asked what I could improve on. I was shocked when she said, classroom management. (I have been told that is one of my strongest points!!) Thinking back to my interview I realized I never gave examples of what worked!!
     
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    What do you mean by deviant? Do you mean violent or abusive?

    In the case of violent behavior, the thing to do is get all the other students and yourself out of room to safety and then call the office for help from a neighboring room or your cell phone.
     
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    I mean a lot of things by deviant, but nothing harmful. Stuff that isn't supposed to happen in class, but does, but really in the grand scheme of things isn't grand. Like a kid saying FU when you can tell when they walk through the door they are distressed and looking to engage in an argument.
     
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    good idea on observations; I have some with + remarks on mgmt.

    well when they mean style; what are the descriptive phrases? because its not like we are talking about doric or ionic columns. Everything I do or say is part of my style I would argue.
     
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    If you are asked a question on punishment, I like to state that I try to take care of punishment within my classroom, and I would follow the district policy in doing so. If they ask about classroom management, you say stuff like clearly posted rules, and clear guidelines and take control of the classroom from day 1. Though it should be something that is better taught by schools or explained many of them don't help at all.
     
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    I know this is an older thread, but Harry Wong's The First Days of School is a good resource. It walks you through what you should put in a classroom management plan.
     
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    I would just talk about your overall style. Like are you laid-back but tough (my answer), organized, etc. Use actual examples of things you have used as far as a classroom management systems. For example, I say that I've used basic systems like a color chart or red light/green light/yellow light, and I also say for the older kids I've used behavior contracts with point systems that they can use to grade their own behavior based on the rules.

    Good luck! Try and think of some things you've used in your experiences and talk about those. Or if you haven't really used anything, think of what you would use and make a plan. You may want to change the plan based on the location/district.
     
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    Most likely they look for the word 'consistency'. So when you explain your system or style of classroom management, you should have something in place that you can consistently enforce.
    - what are things you don't want to happen in your classroom? Getting out of seat? talking when you're talking?
    - what are the deal breakers and how do you deal with them? -How many warnings do you give, how do you give it, and what happens if they're still ignored?

    They will probably want to hear just as many positive as as many negatives (probably even more). For example how do you motivate and keep students on track so there are no misbehaviors? (or few). What reward system do you have in place? Is it whole class, individual, ongoing, systematic, random, etc.
     
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    When I had this question I told the school who hired me that my approach to classroom management was to ensure that I was enforcing all school/district rules within my classroom and that by engaging students in active learning I didn't expect to have any further issues. I interviewed with this district twice before getting my job and I messed up this question the first time. They seemed happy with my answer the second time. :)
     

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