Creating a Fair Classroom Environmentby: Richard Hand

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Reduce your students’ first day jitters by implementing these specific classroom management suggestions that are designed to reduce student anxiety and create a fair environment. These strategies will effectively help all students to participate and feel more at ease, and simultaneously help them to perceive you as a teacher who listens to their ideas and encourages thinking rather than as an unjust autocrat.

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  • on Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:50 PM

The educator-author describes a method that he employs to aleviate perceived anxiety among middle school students about where to sit, what to do, how and when to respond etc in a new classroom at the beginning of a school year. The educator devised these strategies because although he though he dealt fairly with all students in the classroom in all situations, some student evaluations found him to be unfair. You easily could adapt these ' random' strategies to a classroom and then revise and adjust as the school year and the classroom learning environment develops. The strategies are simple but appear to be quiet effective. Pre-service teachers, those student teaching and managing a class for the first time, likely will pick up some pointers based on real classroom experience. You are encouraged to review, modify, and adapt to make these random (or perhaps not so random) strategies a foundation for a new school year or a new group of students.

Patricia  (Arlington, VA)
Patricia (Arlington, VA)

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