The Professional Learning Communities model flows from the assumption that the core mission of formal education is not simply to ensure that students are taught but to ensure that they learn. A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a group of educators who meet regularly to share their expertise and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of the students.

Most leadership programmes for school leaders pay significant attention to the role of the head teacher in leading and managing change. High expectations of student achievement need to be reflected in explicit standards that have been benchmarked against those of other schools and school systems to ensure that they reflect best practice . Standards and associated targets constitute the starting point for redesigning how schools operate, so that meeting the standards come first in everything that schools do.

This course on classroom management aims to provide teachers an understanding of what is classroom management and importance of Classroom Management in enhancing academic outcomes for students from culturally diverse background. The aim of the course is derived from the identified core competencies that teachers should have with respect to Classroom Management.

The term Classroom Management refers to the strategies and resulting procedures and instructional strategies that teacher implements to create a conducive and positive classroom environment. It is amalgam of activities that act as catalyst to positively manage student behaviour and induce effective learning. It stretches from simple yet compelling indicator, such as the arrangement of seating in classroom (vertical rows versus group seating, rolling seating arrangement etc.) to more complex, multi-layered indicators, such as instructional strategy (uniform or differentiated instruction for different students).

The aim to have efficient classroom management at secondary and higher secondary level of education also relates to sustainability in education; importance of high order thinking and continuous professional development, are critical to sustainability in secondary education.

Aim of the course

The course presents proposed strategies and activities that teachers can practice to deal with various aspects of Classroom Management. The module on classroom management intends to:

  • Enable teachers to understand the importance of classroom management and its associated components

  • Provide teachers with an understanding of barriers to student learning

  • Guide teachers to reflect on their student engagement practices;

  • Help teachers in reflecting upon effective ground rules for classroom management

  • Guide teachers to reflect upon how to manage discipline in the classroom