Influences in the Teaching Environment

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Running head: Influences in the Teaching Environment Influences in the Teaching Environment Joe Smith Grand Canyon University: EDU 536 August 28, 2012 Influences in the Teaching Environment There are many negative classroom conditions and disruptive behaviors that can influence the teaching environment. These include, but are not limited to, large class sizes, unmotivated and disrespectful students. It is important for teachers to be prepared for these conditions and behaviors, and have effective strategies to deal with them. These strategies need to include preemptive tactics that prevent disruptions from happening. However, some disruptions are unpreventable and inevitable and strategies need to been in place to deal with these when they occur. One classroom condition that a teacher has no control over with the growing populations of students is large class sizes. Large classes will only add to difficulty of classroom management as there are potentially more students to create disruptions. It is the teacher’s responsibility to keep the students engaged to avoid students losing interest which could lead to misbehaviors. Spencer Kagan, Patricia Kyle, and Sally Scott provide that disruptions and misbehaviors can be prevented by, “An interesting, stimulating teacher who adapts the curriculum to student interests and needs” (Charles, 2008, p. 155). Engaging lessons are extremely important in an overpopulated classroom because of the larger number of students and the resulting larger potential for misbehavior. Another reason engaging lessons are important is because it is a preemptive strike against some students lack of motivation. Unmotivated students influence the teaching environment negatively for the obvious reason that they are not giving their best effort. With an unmotivated student the material is unlikely to be learned or retained and
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