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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Classroom Management

Definition

Classroom management includes the routines and expectations you establish in your classroom with the aim of creating an inviting and positive, yet challenging, learning environment. Having sound classroom management will foster safety, academic growth, and community

Explanation

Classroom management involves matters relating to organization, accountability, student interactions, and behaviour. 

Classroom management techniques will vary depending on a number of circumstances: nature of the course, student characteristics, room layout, technology, etc. 

Application

Tips and Strategies
  • Set the tone: be confident and approachable 
  • Share expectations and policies with students 
  • Start and end class on time
  • Ensure everyone can hear you and see the content you are presenting
  • Build rapport with your students and limit anonymity (e.g., learn their names) 
Dealing with Disruptions
Proactive strategies 
  • Use the same ritual to start class (e.g., countdown timer; play music and stop at the beginning of class, invite students to collaborate on a playlist)
  • Invite students to co-develop class guidelines 
  • Keep students engaged through the use of active learning strategies (Schwartz, 2018)
Reactive strategies

(These strategies should be used as a hierarchy. Start with less invasive approaches and adopt different strategies as required)

  • Move closer to the disruptive student(s)
  • Make eye contact
  • Ask if they have a question
  • Make a general statement about the disruption
  • Talk with the offending student(s) after class
  • Ask the offending student(s) to leave (Schwartz, 2018)

References

Schwartz, M. (2018). Best Practices: Classroom Management. https://www.ryerson.ca/content/dam/learning-teaching/teaching-resources/teach-a-course/classroom-management.pdf