Jennifer Davis Bowman


Cincinnati, OH

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Classroom Management: What are the odds we're doing it wrong?

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Let’s play a game of odds- we will focus only on classroom management.  Here’s a few questions to get us started...

In 2014, The National Council of Teaching Quality published surveys of the use of research-based classroom management.  What are the odds that teacher candidate programs included the practice of these skills in foundational coursework?

Only 3 out of 10

In a 2011 study, investigators asked early career teachers if they felt ready to manage student behavior issues. What are the odds that these teachers felt unprepared to address classroom management?

Less than 5 out of 10 (McKenzie, Rowley, Weldon, & Murphy, 2011)

In a 2011 examination of teacher prep curriculum, class management units were typically embedded within other instructional units (this lowers focused class management preparation hours).  What are the odds that these teacher prep programs designated enough stand-alone time for classroom management?

About 6 out of 10 (O’Neil, & Stephenson, 2011)

The 2014-2015 school year was the first time minority students represented a majority in the classroom.  After surveying groups of teachers and administrators, what are the odds they were uncertain of effective skills for working with/managing k-12 African American students?

Approximately 9 out of 10 (Thompson, 2013)

Unfortunately, most of us teachers can see ourselves in these odds.  The need for more training.  The ache of unpreparedness.  The scariness of managing classrooms filled with learners that look, speak, or believe just a little differently than we do…

Learn the odds for practicing effective classroom management.  Become uncomfortable with the odds. Let’s work together to beat the odds.  Will you join me? If so, consider contributing resources to the Pinterest Board “Di-vers-i-teach”.

*This post is dedicated to the African American Spring Valley High school student assaulted in the classroom by a school resource officer in response to a class management issue. 


Graham, E. A., & Erwin, K.D. (2011). Preparing teachers to teach black students; Preparing black students to become teachers. The Journal of Negro Education, 80, 398-416.

Graham, E. (2014).  NEA Report:  Lack of teacher diversity jeopardizes student achievement. 

Jackson, C., Simoncini, K., & Davidson, M. (2013).  Classroom profiling training:  Increasing preservice teachers’ confidence and knowledge of classroom management skills.  Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 38, 29-46.

McKenzie, P., Rowley, G., Weldon, P., & Murphy, M (2011).  Staff in Australia’s schools 2010:  Report prepared for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.  Melbourne:  Australian Council for Education. 

National Council on Teaching Quality (Revised 2014).  Training Our Future Teachers

O’Neill, S.C., & Stephenson, J. (2011).  Classroom behavior management preparation in undergraduate primary teacher education in Australia:  A web-based investigation.  Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36, 335-352.

Thompson, G. (2013).  The Winning Formula:  For working effectively with African American Students. 

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