Jacob Kounin: Instructional Management. By Aimee Chard and Rebecca Godbout. Biography. Started his career as an educational psychologist at Wayne State University in 1946. He is best known for his studies completed in the 1970’s on classroom management.
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By Aimee Chard and Rebecca Godbout
Brad is a grade 5 student in your classroom who will constantly yell out and ask you what activity the class is going to do next while you are teaching lessons. He cannot seem to focus on one activity till he knows what is coming next. Using smoothness, what could you do as a teacher to prevent Brad from yelling out?
-Teacher should be alert to sights and sounds in the classroom
-Arrange desks so that students are within eyesight
-Make sure your back is not to the back of students when working with an individual student
-Acknowledge misbehaviour right away, to let the class know that you know
-Organize materials before class starts.
-Once students are completing their work, do not distract them.
-Assist with individuals when needed.
- Students with special needs may need more help completing their work, so having a volunteer in the class run more smoothly.
-Keep lesson moving at a good pace.
-Teachers should not dwell on an already understood concept.
-Have students move from one activity to another without being forced to wait for each other.
-Students learn at different rates. This needs to be considered by teachers when planning.
become distracted so easily.
keep the interest of the students.
Which aspect of Kounin’s theory do you think is very important for a teacher to use in the classroom?
For example: Withitness, smoothness etc.