April 2024 Newsletter – Classroom Management: What is Classroom Management and Why is it Important?

What is Classroom Management and Why is it Important?

Being an educator is rewarding and demanding work. Leading a classroom of young children is fulfilling, but it can present many challenges. Successfully implementing planned activities is a skill that all early childhood educators must attain and develop. To fully meet the needs of curious and energetic young children, educators must employ skills that extend beyond the planned lessons of the day

What is classroom management? Classroom management includes all the tools, skills, and activities that educators use to keep students focused, engaged, and organized throughout the day. Teachers can implement a wide array of strategies that have been well-tested over time to maintain an orderly classroom environment. However, it is also necessary that educators adapt these strategies to meet the needs of specific children in the classroom.

So, why is classroom management so important in a preschool setting? A well-managed classroom ensures an environment that is conducive to learning. These classrooms are spaces where toddlers and preschoolers can develop cognitively, socially, and emotionally with the support of trusted adults. It is crucial for children to learn social and emotional skills during the preschool years.  Research has found that healthy social-emotional development is essential for future academic success.

As early childhood educators we must foster the appropriate environment where this development can occur. Good classroom management also helps provide safe classrooms for our children. Disruptive behaviors can present safety hazards in the classroom for students and teachers. A well-managed classroom can make a teacher’s job easier by reducing stress for both children and teachers.  When students are appropriately engaged, there are fewer conflicts and supervision becomes easier.

Developing strategies for operating a well-run classroom should be a top priority for ECE professionals. Many tools and resources are available. Not every strategy will work perfectly the first time it is employed. It is important that teachers are responsive to the needs of the children in the group and match strategies to the needs children are communicating.  Check out the rest of the newsletter to learn more.

 

For the main article Well-Managed Classrooms Make for Positive Learning Environments, CLICK HERE

For the article Classroom Management Strategies, CLICK HERE

For the article Consistent Routines, CLICK HERE

For the article Effective Transitions, CLICK HERE