Managing classrooms effectively is one of the most challenging tasks teachers face. It is also one of the most important tasks, as successful classroom management is essential to effective teaching. Classroom management is a combination of classroom organization, prevention of and intervention in disciplinary matters, and the setting of the “tone” of the classroom.
The Connecticut legislature and State Department of Education (SDE) have responded to the expressed need for more instruction in classroom management by changing requirements for teacher training and certification. Beginning on July 1, 2012, teacher candidates starting teacher preparation programs will be required to be trained in “evidence-based classroom and behavior management.” Candidates are to learn a variety of classroom management skills and develop competence in classroom and behavior management prior to teaching, according to SDE’s new draft regulations on teacher certification. In addition to receiving enhanced instruction in classroom management prior to teaching, beginning teachers in Connecticut will be required to complete additional training in classroom management during their first two years of teaching.
Connecticut has made a large step in the right direction with the introduction of state requirements for training in classroom management, both before and after new teachers begin teaching. Final approval by state officials of the regulations concerning competence in classroom management is pending.