Welcome to a new series on Classroom Management!
Keeping control of the classroom is a common struggle both for church workers and school teachers and I hope this series will be a resource to anyone who works with kids! To find the introduction of this series, head to this post. Today, we’ll be taking a look at what exactly classroom management is. Tomorrow, I will cover five keys to effective classroom management (so stay tuned!)
What is Classroom Management?
According to Wikepedia, classroom management is a term used by teachers to describe the process of ensuring that classroom lessons run smoothly despite disruptive behavior by students. The term also implies the prevention of disruptive behavior.
To put it simply, classroom management is creating and maintaining order in the classroom so that all students may engage and learn a meaningful way.
Creating and maintaining order is possibly the most difficult aspect of teaching for many teachers. In fact, experiencing problems with classroom management causes many teachers to leave the classroom altogether.
Indeed, the most frequent complaint that I get from Sunday School teachers and small group leaders alike is “The kids are crazy! I can’t get anything done!”
Fighting to gain control during your entire class session is both exhausting and discouraging and it certainly distracts us from the real goal of Children’s Ministry, which is creating disciples for Christ. Keeping kids quiet during class is not the goal. Making world-changers for God is the goal.
However, no discipleship can happen if kids can’t even hear your voice.
Flickr via Sam Howzit
Effective classroom management will not only allow you to share the exciting truths of God’s word, it will also create an environment where kids can hear and respond to the Holy Spirit. It will take a little time and a whole lot of practice, but you can do this! Invest in your classroom and you will be amazed at the harvest God will produce through your efforts.
Come on back tomorrow for Five Keys to Effective Classroom Management!