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Permissive Approach to Classroom Management

Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

How can teachers create an engaging classroom environment? In this lesson, we'll look at permissive teaching strategies and how they impact classroom management and student learning.

Classroom Management

Don is a teacher who wants to create the most engaging learning environment for his students. He isn't sure exactly how to do that, though. How should he plan his lessons to keep his students engaged?

Don is thinking about classroom management, which focuses on creating positive learning environments for students. Classroom management covers many different things, including discipline, furniture arrangement, and teaching strategies.

So, how can Don plan his lessons to help create a positive learning environment? To help him out, let's look at permissive lesson planning and how it can impact student learning.

Permissive Teaching

Don isn't sure how he should approach lessons to manage his classroom environment and make it engaging. He wants his students to be excited about his class so that they'll learn more. But how should he do it?

One approach to teaching involves permissive teaching strategies. These strategies, also sometimes called democratic strategies, allow students to guide what and how they are learning.

To understand permissive teaching better, let's look at an example. Don is working with his class on learning about the Battle of Gettysburg. He can approach this many ways. The traditional way might be to give a lecture on the battle, or to give the students reading materials and questions to answer from the reading materials.

But in a permissive classroom, Don will approach the topic differently. For example, he might make several different articles about Gettysburg available to his students. He could have the students make their own list of questions that they want answered about the Battle of Gettysburg, and then have them choose articles to read that are likely to answer their questions.

Permissive teaching strategies are a type of student-centered teaching, because they are focused on letting the students run the show. The students choose what and how to learn, and are supported in their learning by the teacher. But the ultimate decisions about learning are made by the students.

Pros & Cons

Don thinks that permissive teaching strategies sound interesting, but he's not sure about them. Are they really a good idea?

Like anything, permissive teaching strategies have pros and cons. One big advantage is that they can make students feel more engaged than traditional strategies. Since one of Don's big goals is to have his students feeling interested and excited about his class, permissive teaching strategies might be right for him.

In addition, permissive strategies teach students to take responsibility for their own learning. Instead of simply following along with whatever Don is teaching, they are guiding their own learning, with support from him.

Of course, there are some challenges with permissive teaching strategies, too. For one thing, they can lead to a chaotic classroom. With everyone studying different things in different ways, Don could end up with a lot going on in his classroom!

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