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Classroom Management

How many of us have tried system after system of discipline in an attempt to attain and/or maintain control of the classroom and facilitate an effective learning environment, only to find ourselves frustrated and ironically powerless? Teaching with Love and Logic presents practical ways in which teachers and administrators can help their students become confident, responsible individuals, internalized in their discipline.

What is Love and Logic and How Does It Work

Love and Logic is a philosophy of raising and teaching children that empowers adults and makes hem more skilled at interacting with children. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. The two together provide a way of working with children that put adults back in control, teaches responsibility and prepares children to happily and successfully deal with their choices and consequences.

Four Main Steps of the Love and Logic process:

  • Shared control: Gain control by giving away the control you don't need.
  • Shared thinking and decision making: Provide opportunities for the child to do the greatest amount of thinking and decision making.
  • Equal shares of empathy with consequences: An absence of anger causes a child to think and learn from his/her mistales.
  • Maintain the child's self-concept: Increased self-concept leads to improved behavior and improved achievement.

The Rules of Love and Logic

RULE #1: Adults take care of themselves by providing limits in a loving way.

  • Adults avoid anger, threats, warnings or lectures.
  • Adults use enforceable statements.
  • Children are offered choices within limits.
  • Limits are maintained with compassion, understanding or empathy.

RULE #2: Childhood misbehavior is treated as an opportunity for gaining wisdom.

  • In a loving way, the dult holds the child accountable for solving his/her problems in a way that does not make a problem for others.
  • Children are offered choices with limits.
  • Adults use enforceable statements.
  • Adults provide delayed/extended consequences.
  • The adult's empathy is "locked in" before consequences are delivered.

The Need for Classroom Management:

More than 50 percent of Michigan charter school teachers responding to a recent survey indicated that classroom management was a high priority. On a national level, a recent survey showed that teaching is increasingly "a revolving door occupation", with close to fifty percent leaving after five years.

Researchers have demonstrated that one of the major reasons for teachers leaving the profession is lack of skills in the area of classroom management. A large frustration for teachers is the amount of time they must spend in dealing with disruptions and discipline issues within the classroom.

Before implementing a classroom management plan, Conner Creek Academy East experienced a high level of discipline referrals. Often teachers went home exhausted, not from the teaching of their subject, but from having to spend so much time dealing with these disruptions.

A parent survey showed 37 percent of parents were not satisfied with discipline procedure in the school.

Results of Classroom Management Implementation:

Conner Creek Academy East has implemented a classroom management program and philosophy that addresses positive discipline techniques. The positive results of this implementation include:

  • The amount of time teachers must spend in dealing with disruptions and discipline issues within the classroom have been reduced
  • Discipline referrals have declined
  • Parent satisfaction with the school's discipline procedure has increased
  • Test scores have improved
  • Teacher retention has risen

Conner Creek Academy East has seen their classroom management model change the entire atmosphere of the school and have begun to see the results expressed in academic achievement. On the Terra Nova Basic Skills tests (reading, math, and language) 90% of Conner Creek Academy East's classes showed an annual growth of 1 year or more.

Parents at Conner Creek Academy East are actively involved and highly satisfied with the school. Results from the annual Parents Survey continually score 3.4 or better on a 4.0 scale. Student retention rate is 95%. Parent participation in school programs and activities is high in various ways:

  • Serve as room representatives, lunch and classroom aides
  • Members of PTO and School Board
  • Chaperones for class parties/field trips
  • Reading tutors
  • Assistant athletic coaches and coaches for extra-curricular activities
  • Hosts/hostesses of school functions

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