Planning Teaching and Classroom Management
Planning, teaching and classroom management, as any experienced teacher will readily say, are inextricably linked. However, in trainee teachers' eyes - especially in what Furlong and Maynard (1995) call their 'survival stage', when they are starting teaching in schools - there is one dominant focus: classroom management. Good mentoring recognizes this but empowers trainees to look beyond survival, to look beyond tips for teachers, and to plan and teach so that the preoccupation with classroom management alone cannot dominate and skew their view. For a trainee to become a professional practitioner, he or she must understand that classroom management is not the same as control, that teaching is only successful when it engenders learning, and that good teachers do plan - although they may not appear to do so by writing copious notes on pro formas or on paper.