In school’s today classroom management is a key component. If the teacher is not able to manage his/her classroom, the students miss out on learning opportunities. In addition, once control is lost it is usually difficult to regain that control. When teachers consider classroom management strategies they must keep in mind the legal and ethical implications. Teachers as well as students have rights and responsibilities in the classroom. In the following paragraphs, one can expect to find several articles dealing with classroom management and learn how it coincides with the rights and responsibilities of teachers, students, and parents.
The first article that stood out was Classroom Management: Parent Involvement Plan. In this article Yoon Ha Lee talks about how parents perceive classroom management techniques. It also has many great ideas for new teachers on how to get parents involved in the classroom management plan. By involving parents in the classroom it can enhance the learning environment for the students as well as bring a new approach to learning. The students spend majority of their time with the parents therefore, they can tremendously impact their behavior which relates to classroom management (Lee, 2002).
Teachers and students have rights and responsibilities in the classroom and so do the parents. Parents have the right to know how their child is performing and what they are having trouble with. As a future teacher, I feel that it is extremely important to keep parents informed. In addition, parents will be welcomed with open arms to volunteer in my classroom. I feel that different people can bring diversity to the classroom enhancing the learning experiences for the students involved. The more parents are involved the more they know about their child.
Many parents do not like surprises unless they are positive ones. Lee mentions that many teachers like to call home to let the parents know how the child is doing. Many times parents associate phone calls with their child doing something wrong. However, Lee mentions that calls are great to inform parents of how good their child is doing. Sadly, many parents never received those calls because negative behaviors often receive more attention than positive ones (Lee, 2002). The second source brings up several key points that are more of ethical and legal concerns in the classroom today.
The article titled, Classroom Concerns: Legal and Ethical Implications of Internet Misuse. Nearly all schools have the advantage of allowing students to use computers for various assignments/lessons in the classroom. In fact, there are many great programs for students on the computer. The internet also has a wealth of information that is helpful to students, especially when conducting research for an assignment. Unfortunately the internet is not always used to enhance learning. “Too often the Internet is being misused or abused by students and teachers, with related legal and ethical implications” (Davidson & Saubert, 2004).
Plagiarism is an increasing problem with the frequency of Internet use in the classroom. Students are trying to take the easy way out and they tend to copy and paste from the document found, turning in someone else’s work instead of doing their own work. This in the long run is harming the students because they are not learning anything by copying others work. As you can see, while the Internet can be a valuable tool it can turn into an ethical and legal nightmare. As a future educator, I feel that students who plagiarize in school should be given a zero and made to re-do their work.
The students need to learn that it is their responsibility to do their own work. When they get to college, they can be expelled for turning in someone’s work for their own. Sadly, many teachers are also guilty of plagiarizing. Both students and teachers need to understand the importance of “giving credit where credit is due” so to speak. Knowing Where to Draw the Line: Ethical and Legal Standards for Best Classroom Practice is an excellent source of information that gives teachers practical advice on the legal and ethical issues that teachers are confronted with daily in school (Fossey, 2007).
The author of the article encourages educators to develop solid ethical principles in order to deal with both students and parents. Fossey gives lots of helpful information for dealing with students as well as parents. Teachers are to be there for the students; however, there is a line that should be drawn in order for the teachers to stay within the ethical boundaries. With the increasing ethical dilemmas in schools today, it is extremely important for teachers to avoid certain things that could be construed as something unethical or illegal (Fossey, 2007).
Guerico really put things into perspective for me in the article titled Back to the Basics of Classroom Management. Since I am not already a teacher, I have many unanswered questions and many questionable thoughts as far as how I will manage my classroom. This article gave techniques to utilize in the classroom to control disruptive students and create a better educational environment (Guerico, 2011). I have discovered that when students are disruptive the worse thing a teacher can do is argue with the student or be impolite. Teachers need to build a relationship with their students.
They also need to be a positive role model. In addition, rules and policies need to be created and implemented from day one. The teacher must be consistent so that the students understand and everyone is clear as to what is expected. This next article is extremely relevant to this particular area, Southern California. Living only a few miles from the border in addition to being near to lots of military bases there are a diverse group of students in the schools here. Many times the students speak English or at least some English; however, many times their parents know absolutely none.
This creates several problems. First off, the parents and teachers are not able to effectively communicate unless the teacher knows the spoken language of the parent. In addition, this cultural barrier can stand in the way of classroom management, especially the behavioral aspect. Different cultures approach discipline/behavior management in various ways. One culture may think it is suitable while another is totally against that form of punishment, etc. Racial discrimination is another problem with the diverse cultures in this area.
The classroom should be a friendly atmosphere with mutual respect without racial discrimination (His, 2009). Lastly, in the article, Learning Classroom Management through Web-Based Case Instruction: Implications for Early Childhood Teacher Education Lee does a wonderful job of informing early childhood teachers of the predicaments that they may face in the classroom (Lee, 2008). It can be used as a valuable tool for future teachers. The article also stresses the importance of communication between parents and teachers. Both parents and teachers should be able to communicate openly about the student and their progress, etc.
Teachers need to make a point to communicate with parents when students are right or wrong instead of only contacting them when the child is disruptive, etc. Many times contacting the parent for something the child done right is a motivator for them to continue the positive behavior/action. All in all classroom management is a key component in the educational arena. If teachers do not have control over the students the classroom will be chaotic. This will result in loss of valuable instructional time. Teachers must understand their rights and responsibilities in the classroom and ensure that the students are aware of their as well.
Teachers must be careful not to over step their boundaries and they must keep in mind students come from a variety of cultural backgrounds. This is what makes the classroom interesting; however, there are some ethical implications that need to be considered when dealing with such a diverse group of people.
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