The role of the teacher
Classroom management is one of the core responsibilities of the teacher. It is an important function and concerns the co-ordination and co-operation necessary for learning. A teacher has the authority to direct and facilitate what goes on in the classroom. However, the teacher’s authority does not mean being autocratic, domineering or an overt use of power. Instead, a positive teacher’s authority is a quality that facilitates a smooth operating classroom and is at the heart of successful group management.
The role of the teacher in classroom management include:
- setting the tone and culture for learning in the classroom
- building a warm and friendly learning environment
- mentoring and nurturing the learners’ behaviour
- being a role model
Defining classroom management Defining classroom organization