What is your Classroom Management Profile?

Do you know what teaching style you employ?

On the Classroom Architect website I came across something worthy of sharing with your colleagues and it relates to our teaching profile in relation to classroom management.

There are 12 questions below to answer. Here’s what to do:

  • Read each statement carefully.

  • Write your response, from the scale below, on a sheet of paper.

  • Respond to each statement based upon either actual or imagined classroom experience.

  • Then, follow the scoring instructions below.

  1. = Strongly Disagree

  2. = Disagree

  3. = Neutral

  4. = Agree

  5. = Strongly Agree

The Questions

(1) If a student is disruptive during class, I assign him/her to detention, without further discussion.

(2) I don’t want to impose any rules on my students.

(3) The classroom must be quiet in order for students to learn.

(4) I am concerned about both what my students learn and how they learn.

(5) If a student turns in a late homework assignment, it is not my problem.

(6) I don’t want to reprimand a student because it might hurt his/her feelings.

(7) Class preparation isn’t worth the effort.

(8) I always try to explain the reasons behind my rules and decisions.

(9) I will not accept excuses from a student who is tardy.

(10) The emotional well-being of my students is more important than classroom control.

(11) My students understand that they can interrupt my teaching if they have a relevant question.

(12) If a student requests a hall pass, I always honour the request.

Scoring

To score your quiz:

Add your responses to statements 1, 3, and 9. This is your score for the authoritarian style.

Add your responses to statements 4, 8 and 11. This is your score for the authoritative style.

Add your responses to statements 6, 10, and 12 – these refer to the democratic style.

Add your responses to statements 2, 5, and 7 – these refer to the laissez-faire style.

The result is your classroom management profile.

Your score for each management style can range from 3 to 15.

A high score indicates a strong preference for that particular style.

After you have scored your quiz, and determined your profile, read the descriptions of each management style. You may see a little bit of yourself in each one.

It changes. As we grow as teachers we follow different paths and so we accommodate a certain style. Some teachers can move between styles depending on the context and student populations.

These classroom management styles are adaptations of the parenting styles discussed in Adolescence, by John T. Santrock. They were adapted by Kris Bosworth, Kevin McCracken, Paul Haakenson, Marsha Ritter Jones, Anne Grey, Laura Versaci, Julie James, and Ronen Hammer.

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