Being a traveling professional development specialist, it is sometimes hard to find time to learn new skills and improve the skills I already have. One of my goals is always to update my presentations so I can teach the best practices available to educators. This goal led me to the Classroom Management Strategies course on Hoonuit. I have been teaching my Classroom Management course for a while; however, a week was approaching where I had to teach two separate groups: K-12 teachers and community college instructors. With such completely different audiences, I had to update my presentation! So I went on the search to find new information and a thought occurred to me! Hoonuit would be the perfect place to look for a course! With fingers crossed, I logged in and searched.
And there it was! The Classroom Management Strategies course was there to help! This course was perfect for my needs as it taught me the different strategies educators use for classroom management. It started with the different philosophies. I found that helpful because I never thought about teachers having different philosophies…I only thought about their physical actions. However, when I watched this video, I realized that he was absolutely correct! There were different philosophies, and when it comes to the different philosophies of classroom management, it is amazing how some teachers concentrate on one philosophy exclusively while others combine many of them. I realized that I teach a combination of all of them as best practice: starting strict, warm and fuzzy environment, teach expectations and reinforce with positive reinforcement, highly structured and character education. I believe in all of them, and I feel, if done correctly and to match the personality of the teacher and the needs of the students, they can all be highly effective!
This course was just what I needed! After a brief introduction, the course was organized into five sections: foundations (which included the brief introduction), classroom structures, interventions and support, school-wide systems and classroom management tools. Because of my busy schedule, the short 1-minute to 3-minute videos helped me because they got straight to the point and did not last long. And honestly, depending on your learning style, you may not even have to look at the videos. You can just listen to the great information. I liked watching the videos too because he had great visuals mostly in the form of checklists of what he is speaking about at the time. The speaker is very clear, and the presentation was very professional!
As far as the content, it was everything I was teaching and more! He discussed building relationships, using buddy teachers, getting students involved, what to do with repeat offenders and so much more. It was beneficial that he asked teachers to think about how their teaching strategies and preferences could be helpful or harmful to their classroom management plan! That is a different perspective to use self-reflection to analyze how I could be part of the problem and change that to become part of the solution. Just taking a step back and recognizing how we teach, how we set up our classroom, how we assign work and many other aspects we have control over may be affecting our students’ behavior and our classroom management techniques. Another thing I liked is that he spoke about building relationships, being respectful and fostering that supportive environment. I have been to some classroom management courses where they only talk about being tough and rough and forcing students to do what you want, or they only discuss strategies for transitions and organization. This course discussed all of the different facets of classroom management in a quick and precise way!
And finally, I liked that the entire last section of his course took a short look at one tech tool or physical tool per video that could help with classroom management. This would have been so helpful when I was in the classroom because I invented and tried so many different systems to see what would work with my students. It would have been nice to be handed some best practices tools to use. Overall, not only was this course helpful to validate what I was teaching was correct, but it also helped me shape different ways to present my content and taught me some more helpful tools to use as examples. Who knew what I was looking for was all right there in a nice little package? Hoonuit indeed!