For beginning teachers, one of the most challenging skills to learn is classroom management.
Defined by the American Psychological Association as “the process by which teachers and schools create and maintain appropriate behaviors of students in classroom settings,” it can take teachers years of study and hard-earned experience in the classroom to master the art of building a foundation for a successful learning environment.
If you’re teaching abroad, you don’t have years to develop these skills. On top of that, you’ll also be in a new country, navigating the cultural nuances in your adoptive country. While many programs overseas will pair you up with a seasoned teacher, you’re still going to need to know the basics so that you can hit the ground running on day one of your new job.
To help arm you with as much information as possible before you start your new job overseas, we sat down with an expert in the field to get insight into proven strategies for classroom management.
Dr. Lea Ann Christenson, Assistant Professor with the Department of Early Childhood Education at Towson University has traveled around the globe leading study abroad programs and delivering training for local teachers in such vast destinations as Zimbabwe, El Salvador and Japan. We sat down with her to provide you with expert advice on classroom management. If you're just getting started as a teacher, be sure to check out our beginner's guide to classroom management.