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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 311
Course Title: Classroom and Behavior Management Techniques
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

The study of managing classroom environments and the behavior of students. Students analyze classroom variables related to organization and control, and evaluate theories to produce a management system applicable to educational settings. Includes field experience of 15 hours. Prerequisites: EDUC 300 or EDUC 505; and admission to the Teacher Certification Program. $40 lab fee. Offered Fall.


Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

EDUC 300, or EDUC 505; and admission to the Teacher Certification Program.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Building Classroom Discipline
By Charles, C.M. (Allyn & Bacon)
Classroom Management: Creating a Successful K-12 Learning Community
By Burden, P. (Wiley)
Classroom Management: Sound Theory and Effective Practice
By Tauber, R. T. (Praeger)
Course Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the academic language of the appropriate discipline applicable to the certification area(s) sought as defined by the Subject Competencies for Beginning Teachers in Missouri.
  • Demonstrates content knowledge and ability to use multiple subject specific methodologies for specific instructional purposes to engage students.
  • Demonstrates understanding of how to engage students in the methods of inquiry and research in the elementary disciplines.
  • Can create and implement interdisciplinary lessons that are aligned with standards.
  • Demonstrates understanding of diverse cultural perspectives by creating and implementing lessons to introduce those perspectives, recognizing the potential for bias.
  • Knows and identifies child/adolescent developmental stages and can apply them to students.
  • Demonstrates knowledge on how to assist students in setting short- and long-term learning goals and self-reflect on their overall growth.
  • Applies knowledge of learning theory in all aspects of instructional design
  • Recognizes diversity and the impact it has on education.
  • Is able to plan lessons and learning activities to address a student’s prior experiences, multiple intelligences, strengths and needs in order to positively impact learning.
  • Demonstrates an understanding that instruction should be connected to students’ prior experiences and family, culture, and community
  • Knows how classroom management, motivation, and engagement relate to one another and has knowledge of strategies and techniques for using this to promote student interest and learning.
  • Demonstrates competence in managing time, space, transitions, and activities to create an effective learning environment.
  • Recognizes and identifies the influence of classroom, school and community culture on student relationships and the impact on the classroom environment and learning.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the importance of and develops the ability to use effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques.
  • Develops sensitivity to differences in culture, gender, intellectual and physical ability in classroom communication and in responses to student communications.
  • Develops the ability to facilitate learner expression in speaking, writing, listening, and other media ensuring it adheres to district policy.
  • Develops skills in using a variety of technology media communication tools.
  • Demonstrates understanding of strategies for reflecting on teaching practices to refine their own instructional process in order to promote the growth and learning of students.
  • Identifies and understands the use of an array of professional learning opportunities including those offered by educator preparation programs, school districts, professional associations, and/or other opportunities for improving student learning.
  • Is knowledgeable of and demonstrates professional, ethical behavior and is aware of the influence of district policies and school procedures on classroom structure.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the importance of collegial activities in building a shared mission, vision, values and goals, participates in collaborative curriculum and staff development meetings and demonstrates the ability to collaborate with his/her cooperating teacher and supervisor to establish relationships in the school, district and community.
  • Demonstrates understanding of school-based systems designed to address the individual needs of students by working with the cooperating teacher/ supervisor to engage with the larger professional community across the system to identify and provide needed services to support individual learners.
  • Recognizes the importance of developing relationships and cooperative partnerships with students, families and community members to support students’ learning and well-being.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Classroom management vs. behavior management
  • Essential components of the classroom management plan
  • Theories of discipline: Theories of discipline: Redl and Wattenburg, Driekurs, Kounin, Canter, Jones, Fay, Albert, Glasser, Kohn, Charles, Bentley, PBS/PBIS, BIST Management
  • Classroom communication
  • Philosophical and psychological environment
  • Special problems and people
  • Classroom environment - physical and climate
  • Classroom procedures, routines, and records
  • Data collection and decision making
  • Implementing an effective plan
  • Philosophy of classroom management and discipline
  • Overview of field experience
  • Observation participation
  • Performance based teacher evaluation
  • The relationship between instruction and management
  • Lesson content and resources
  • Observation/reflection
  • Teacher observation review
  • Critical reflection

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Karen Weston Date: September 11, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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