From Compliance to Responsibility

Social-Emotional Learning and Classroom Management

Authored by: Yoni Schwab , Maurice J. Elias

Handbook of Classroom Management

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415660051
eBook ISBN: 9780203074114
Adobe ISBN: 9781135106843


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Marzano and Marzano’s (2003) meta-analytic study suggests that classroom management is the single variable with the largest impact on student achievement. Why is that? Shouldn’t the quality of math or language arts instruction make the biggest difference in terms of achievement? The most obvious reason for this influence is that effective classroom management sets the stage for learning. Without it, classrooms are disorganized and chaotic, and very little academic learning can happen. Less obvious is that a teacher’s classroom management practices are socializing influences on students. They communicate—subtly and not so subtly—messages about social norms and emotional behavior. Whether or not teachers are aware of it, students are constantly developing social and emotional skills (both good and bad) through modeling, experimentation, and reinforcement. Teachers’ activities in the broad category called “classroom management” can help students to develop healthy habits. This chapter presents guidelines for integrating proactive social-emotional learning into classroom management so that both are effective because ultimately they are mutually dependent and inseparable.

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