Unformatted text preview: ructivist teacher strives to provide a developmentally appropriate
educational experience. In terms of classroom management, teachers consider
how developmental research and theory inform classroom management practices.
Learners’ Developmental Characteristics and Classroom Management
An understanding of the typical developmental characteristics of your
students can help you make better classroom management decisions, particularly
in terms of preventing some discipline problems. For example, knowing that very
young children tend to have limited attention spans and restricted vocabularies,
you can frequently vary your instructional activities, and make sure that directions
are appropriately worded. Young adolescents are going through a period of rapid
physical, cognitive, and social/personal changes (Manning, 2002). Knowing that
some middle school students may be experiencing “growing pains” as they enter 44 puberty will help you understand the importance of allowing these students to get
up and move around from time to time. Also, knowing that young adolescents are
preoccupied with their sense of self and peer relationships may cause you to
discipline in private to avoid embarrassment. Mr. Greyso...
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This document was uploaded on 03/29/2014 for the course EPS 324 at N. Arizona.
- Spring '08