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How to Write a Classroom Management Philosophy

Janelle Cox

Every teacher needs a classroom management plan. Before you even enter a classroom of your own, you will need to think about your own personal beliefs on how a classroom full of children should be managed. In a perfect world, managing a classroom would be a piece of cake: Whatever you demand of your students, they would do. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality. For many teachers, it’s a struggle. That’s why it’s important to sit down and write down your philosophy of classroom management. By putting your thoughts into words, you can create a statement that will help you shape the ideal classroom climate of your dreams. Similar to your philosophy of education, your classroom management philosophy is a statement of your personal beliefs, only this time it’s regarding your view on what the students’ role should be, as well as what the teacher’s role should be regarding classroom management.  Do you believe students need to be controlled? Do you see yourself as a boss? Do you agree with rewarding students for good behavior? These are all questions that you can ask yourself to help you figure out what your classroom management philosophy is. Here are a few tips and helpful suggestions to help you write your own personal plan.

Writing Your Classroom Management Philosophy

Writing your philosophy is not an easy task, there’s a lot to think about. For starters, what do you think the students’ role is? Do you think that students should have a say in the rules? What about the teacher’s role? Should the teacher be the one to set all of the rules? What is your belief about managing a classroom, do you like the idea of using a reward system? Asking yourself these kinds of questions will help you shape the body of your statement.

When you sit down with pen and paper in hand, divide your paper into three categories: Your view on what the students’ role should be, the teachers’ role, and your beliefs about classroom management as a whole. Under each category, list a few questions or statements that correlate with that topic. Once you’re done answering your own questions, you’ll have an idea what your philosophy is. Then all you have to do is add an introduction and a conclusion, and you’ll have your philosophy statement. Here are a few questions to help you get started.

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Views on the Students’ Role

  • Do you think students should be molded to behave properly?
  • Do you think students should be disciplined?
  • Do you believe students should be self-regulated, or do you think students can be taught self-control?
  • Do you view students as equal, or do you think they shouldn’t get a say?
  • Do you believe in giving students responsibilities, or do think that will give them too much control?

Views on the Teacher’s Role

  • Do you see yourself as a boss or more as a guide? Or are you more of a facilitator or a delegator?
  • What is your view on creating rules? Should the teacher make them all or should it be a negotiation with the students?
  • Are you more of an assertive educator, or do you think teachers should be more laid back?
  • Is the teacher the leader, or do you think the students should have a say in what or how they learn?
  • What is your belief on discipline? Should the student have a say?

Views of Managing a Classroom

  • Do you believe in establishing an authoritarian, permissive, or democratic atmosphere?
  • Do you believe in a more student-centered classroom, or a more traditional classroom?
  • What is your view on disruptive behavior?
  • What is your belief on rewarding students for good behavior?
  • Are you OK with using the school system’s behavior management plan, or do you want to adopt your own because you have a different perspective?

Sample Excerpt Statement

I believe that all students should be treated fairly, and that it’s better to teach discipline than to impose it. I will do this by having a strict routine and consistently teach my students acceptable behavior.

Once you have answered these questions and the questions that you have come up with yourself, you should have a pretty good idea on your overall classroom management philosophy. Be sure to introduce your statement with your overall viewpoint, and your goal of your classroom management plan. Then follow that with a paragraph about the students’ role, the teacher’s role, and your overall view of managing a classroom. Sum up all your thoughts on how your plan will provide your students with a safe and supportive learning environment, and you have yourself a classroom management philosophy statement. Good luck!

What your views and beliefs on classroom management? We’d love to hear what you have to say on this topic! Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.


Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.