Lowell Mason
The Father of Music Education in America
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Music 314
Foundations & Principles of Music Education

Dr. Peter LaRue, Instructor

Handout - Talking Points #11

Classroom Management

Scholars: There follows some information which will serve as the basis for our continued class discussions. "Class Room Management" remains one of the biggest challenges for young and old teachers alike. What follows is simply an outline, which will hopefully provide a framework for our discussions in this critical area. Please use the space to take notes, etc. as you choose.



What is a discipline "problem"?

Assertive Discipline - Lee Canter
School-Wide Policies
Classroom Strategies

General Thoughts
Discipline without Disciplining
- Positive Attitudes are very important
- keep students busy
- have obvious concern and care for students
- it's not important for students to like you
- have a goal oriented curriculum
- have a list of behaviors you won't tolerate (keep them simple...5)

Be consistent! Stick to your system!
Be human/humane, but follow through

Why People Misbehave
- for attention (start/stop)
to eliminate: ignore what student is doing ... praise student when they do good ... praise around
- Power Struggle (If you feel challenged by student)
- don't get in win/lose situation
- let student win, then meet privately and speak  rationally with student...offer choices "Walk in or I'll carry you in"-not a question of coming or not
- Revenge
Either for real or imagined wrong
hard to eliminate: don't retaliate ... don't get emotionally involved ... find something positive for student to do ... ask student for help
-Assumed/Real Disability
Not really misbehavior but no behavior child has been beaten up so bad....don' t do anything at all
Need to gain respect/trust of child
Need to build them up

1. Need to establish whose in charge.
Who decides rules?
Teacher is senior learner
Give students some responsibility

2. Need to decide who has the problem
Make student take ownership of their problems

3. Have classroom 80% positive remarks, 20% negative remarks...
Correct balance is not 100% positive or 100% negative

 **from remarks of Dr. K. Sipley**