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  • 0:01 What Is Classroom Management?
  • 0:47 Harry Wong & Classroom…
  • 2:17 Routines & Procedures
  • 3:25 Tenets of Harry Wong
  • 4:15 Autonomous Behavior Management
  • 5:10 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teachers need a clear classroom management system in order to succeed as educators. This lesson explains the main tenets of Harry Wong's theory of classroom management and outlines what they look like in a classroom.

What Is Classroom Management?

Jessica is a pre-service teacher preparing for a job as a classroom educator. She spends a lot of time worrying about how she'll manage her classroom when she gets a job. She's heard about teachers who leave after a year or two because they couldn't get control of their students. She's put so much work into becoming a teacher and doesn't want to end up like those teachers who quit.

Jessica is worried about her classroom management skills. Classroom management is a teacher's method of operating the classroom to help students succeed. This involves keeping them on task, focused, organized, and able to make good choices. To help Jessica ease her fears, her professor recommends she check out work by educator Harry Wong. Let's take a look as Jessica learns about classroom management.

Harry Wong Theory and Classroom Management

Harry Wong is a former high school teacher who went on to write several books related to education and classroom management. Many educators are familiar with his work and rely on his strategy for classroom management. Wong's central idea is that teachers need to establish procedures and routines early in the school year in order to be effective and successful.

In other words, Wong's theory is that the problem Jessica fears, her ability to discipline her students, isn't really the main problem in teaching. In fact, the main problem is a lack of classroom management in the form of procedures, routines, and a planned system for student behavior.

Wong's theory focuses heavily on establishing routines, those things that happen repeatedly in a classroom that students can come to expect, and procedures, the way students carry out routines. For example, teachers like Jessica need to teach students where to hang up backpacks, how and when to sharpen pencils, or how to signal a teacher. Every routine that happens in a classroom needs a procedure to go with it.

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