ERIC Number: ED395049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Urban High School Classroom Management: A Humanistic Approach.
Matus, Don E.
This paper identifies conditions in the lives of poor urban high school students that may cause classroom management problems. Urban student teachers are urged to look at these conditions from a humanistic perspective to help them understand their students and deal effectively with those problems. Specific urban secondary classroom management problems are identified, and strategies for handling these problems are offered. Humanistic teaching means pupil-centered teaching that recognizes students as individuals, respects their differences, and tries to help them in their personal, social, emotional, and academic lives. The real difference between urban and suburban high school classroom management rests with events happening outside the classroom. The problems of students who may have to work, or who may have no time for homework, or a place to do it, or whose lives may be disrupted by homelessness or family problems, must be recognized by the urban teacher. Motivating poor urban minority students with low self-esteem to strive for academic excellence is a serious challenge for student teachers. The core of strategies for solving the problems of urban students is promoting self-esteem. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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