Managing Inquiry-Based Classroomsby: Christie Nicole Wolfgang

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Though it may seem that classroom management comes naturally to some teachers, upon closer examination you’ll probably discover that preparation and adaptation are more important than any innate ability when it comes to successful classroom management. Any experienced middle school science teacher can tell you that successful classroom management is an ongoing, evolving process—teachers need to modify their daily practices based on the observed behaviors and feedback of their students. This article describes some strategies to manage inquiry-based science classrooms effectively.

Grades
  • Middle
Publication Date
7/1/2009

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Reviews (4)
  • on Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:56 PM

This journal article talks about how to manage inquiry-based classroom. I learned a lot from it about classroom management. First, teachers have to set expectations for students on the first days of school to motivate them to obey rules and make progress. Teachers let students help to come up with the ideas on classroom rules so that they are willing to meet these requirements. Teachers can put all the rules and routines on the wall as a poster to engage students. Besides, teachers have to prepare materials for students before class begins. For example, teachers put all the materials that students need to use on the desks together, so they can easily and quickly access the materials. It can save much time to focus on learning new concepts.

Xinning Pei
Xinning Pei

  • on Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:16 PM

This sparked my interest even further in the inquiry-based teaching method. This article was well written and very informative. I see myself using inquiry-based teaching methods in my future classroom.

Taci Sims
Taci Sims

  • on Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:48 PM

This article is for the middle school teacher who might be a good classroom manager but might need a few tips to make it even better. The article reminds me of the way elementary teacher address management using jobs and such. The one interesting part of the article is having students come up with a t-chart in which students put the characteristics of a good teacher in the left column and the characteristics of a good student in the right. Planning ahead is always a good thing. This article would be good for a new teacher.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:00 PM

I liked the practical advice that the author shared in this article. There are several ready to implement ideas that a teacher could use tomorrow. Some ideas would take a bit more planning, but would pay off in terns of students learning and teacher effectiveness in the long run.

Kate Geer  (Louisville, CO)
Kate Geer (Louisville, CO)


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