Classroom management is consistently identified as a major concern for teachers. Yet, it is absolutely an essential component of effective teaching. This course helps teachers learn how to effectively manage a classroom. The primary goal of the course is to introduce a practical model for understanding and deconstructing the tasks involved in the process of classroom management and on learning practical, easy to implement strategies that enable teachers to spend more time teaching rather than disciplining!
Specifically, participants in this course will learn:
The course is divided into seven chapters. Each chapter begins with a lecture presented by Dr. Tracey Garrett, a specialist in the field of classroom management. Then, each chapter has a self-guided component where participants can review and expand on the material presented in the first lecture at their own pace. Finally, the remaining lectures in each chapter are interviews of teachers at different grade levels offering insight into their practice.
Dr. Tracey Garrett earned her Ed. D. in elementary and early childhood education with a specialization in classroom management from The Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Currently, she is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Rider University in New Jersey and was recently awarded the University Distinguished Teaching award. Her first book entitled Effective Classroom Management: The Essentials was recently published by Teachers College Press. Her work has also been published in a variety of professional journals such as the Journal of Classroom Interaction, the NJEA Review and The New Teacher Advocate. She has presented at both regional and national conferences such as the American Educational Research Association, Learning Forward and the National Council for Teachers of English. In addition, she has presented hundreds of professional development workshops. She is also a former elementary teacher with experience teaching at the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade level. Tracey's unique combination of classroom management knowledge and practical experience allows her to successfully facilitate teacher growth.
"As a supervisor of elementary student teachers in a variety of school districts, I spend a great deal of time exploring the area of classroom management with my student teachers. Classroom management is usually the area of the greatest concern for student teachers as they begin the semester. Dr. Garrett’s course, Classroom Management Essentials, has been a tremendous resource for our student teacher seminar groups. We use it to frame discussions as well as to discuss specific strategies. The students enjoy the organized format and practical strategies."
Director of Field Placement
"This course is extremely helpful regardless of your level of classroom experience. Garrett discusses all of the important elements of classroom management, but what sets her course apart from others is that she also shows you practical ways to implement these best practices into your own teaching with little to no turnaround time. Her philosophy of valuing a more preventive approach rather than a reactionary approach to classroom management will save you a lot of headaches while helping you create a more positive and rigorous learning environment. Your students will be better equipped to collaborate and communicate effectively, and you will know your students on a deeper level. The best part of this course is that it arms you with the tools to love your job and create a happy classroom. It doesn't get better than that!"
Rae Savage Fruhling
Third Grade Teacher
"Dr. Garrett has utilized best practices from research and included “real” teachers who can articulate how classroom management has impacted their own classrooms. This course is a very cost effective way to learn from an expert in the field of classroom management."
Professor of Teacher Education