College of educational studies department of basic education

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A. Course Description

This course is an overview of developmentally appropriate, effective classroom management techniques for the teacher of young children. It focuses on key areas related to early childhood, which include: overall knowledge of child development and developmentally appropriate practice, guiding children’s behavior, and preparing the environment to meet children’s needs. A positive, pro-active approach is stressed in this course.

B. Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of classroom management as a key part of the teaching and learning process in the early years.

  2. Describe how a teacher may create and sustain a positive classroom environment, using good timing and organization of space, routines, and good teacher-student relationships.

  3. Design developmentally appropriate strategies and techniques for providing a supportive environment in which children can develop self-control and interact positively with others.

C. Course Outline
Unit 1: Classroom Management: What it is and what it is not.
Unit 2: Creating a Climate for an effective classroom
Unit 3: The Role of the Teacher in Classroom Management
Unit 4: Activities and Routines to Enhance the Classroom Environment

D. Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

One (1) Quiz 10%

Two (2) Group Assignments 20%

Field Work and Reports 30% (Video, photo essays)

End of Semester Examination 40%

All assignments are to be handed in on time.
Students are responsible for honest completion and representation of their work. There will be zero tolerance for plagiarism, and penalties may include award of zero marks for the assignment or a fail grade for the class. If you believe there has been an infraction by someone in the class, please bring it to my attention.
E. Academic Integrity
All acts of academic dishonesty (including, but not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, facilitation of acts of academic dishonesty by others, unauthorized possession of exam questions, or tampering with the academic work of other students) are serious offences. All work presented in class must be the student’s own work. Any student caught violating this policy may result in the student receiving zero marks for the component assessment or a fail grade for the course. This policy applies to all works submitted for purposes of assessment.
F. Class Attendance and Participation:

Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for class work, homework, lecture notes, reading assignments, etc., whether or not they are present. In the event of extenuating circumstances (illness, etc.), students are allowed to miss no more than twice the number of meeting times per week (i.e.: classes meeting once a week are allowed TWO absences). These absences are cuts; there is no such thing as an excused absence. Absences will be counted beginning with the first day of class.

G. Tardies:

Students are encouraged to attend EVERY CLASS and are expected to arrive ON TIME. It is inconsiderate to classmates and disruptive to the class to arrive late. If students arrive after the instructor has taken roll, it is the STUDENT’s responsibility to see the instructor after class ON THAT DAY and see that the absence is changed to a tardy. Students are expected to be in their seats ready to start class at the beginning of the class. Leaving during class should only be in case of an emergency. If students know they must leave early, they must let the instructor know ahead of time. If students enter class more than fifteen minutes late OR if students leave class more than fifteen minutes early, they are counted absent. Three tardies count as one absence.

H. Classroom Conduct and Preparation:

All students will be treated and respected as a professional adult; in return, students will also be expected to treat and respect the instructor and classmates as professional adults. Because of the nature of discussions involved in this class, it is important that we respect each other’s experiences, opinions and values. Disruptive behavior is un-professional, and will not be tolerated, and any student whose un-professional behavior disrupts the learning environment of this class will be dismissed from this class and counted absent. The student must meet with the instructor during office hours before the next class meeting to discuss the conditions under which the student will be allowed to return to class. Students are expected to BE PREPARED FOR and PARTICIPATE in every class meeting. Students are expected to have all assignments completed by the due date.

I. Portable Electronic Devices:

Cell phones and other portable electronic devices may be used in classrooms only for maintaining access to the Internet. Other uses of portable electronic devices (for example, leaving class to make or receive phone calls, sending or reading text messages, taking pictures or videos, listening to music, etc.) will be considered disruptive activities, and the student will be subject to disciplinary action.

J. Instructional Methods and Expectations
A number of teaching strategies will be used to enhance students’ learning. Mostly, the learning will be inquiry-based and will be student-centered. There will be opportunities for the students to engage in field study and collaborate with professional teachers to study classroom management strategies and techniques. Students are expected to DOWNLOAD PDF versions of books in the suggested reading list BELOW at
K. Suggested Reading List

  • A Handbook of African Educational Theories and Practices by Bame Nsamenang

  • Best Practices in Classroom Management by Christopher Dunbar

  • Effective Classroom Management by Maria Teresa F. Calderon, Ph.D.

  • Classroom Management Strategies Classroom Management Resource Guide by Prevention First

L. Lecturer’s Information

Name: Dr. Awo Amoa Sarpong

Office: Education Resource Preparation Centre, Adjacent Atlantic Hall

Office Hours: Monday, 9am to 12noon

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