This PBL presents activities for
undergraduate secondary pre-service teachers to learn about Classroom
Management. In many cases, classroom management is neglected in teacher
preparation programs so this PBL will provide them with the opportunity to do
some research, create a classroom management plan, and communicate it to parents
Set up the Stage
- Assign students to read about Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
or discuss PBL in class.
- If you do not teach in a lab, reserve the lab for 3
days of 2 hrs. each for the PBL lesson.
- As the instructor, you can assume the identity of the
Principal in the problem or you can ask a colleague to play the Principal's
- Point your students' browsers to
to display the PBL high school webpage.
- Start by telling your students a story of a high school
that has received an award as the best school of the year. As part of
the faculty of that school is Mrs. Lorelle Miller,
the recipient of the prestigious award "The National Milken Educator."
- Make sure that your students visit the links where they
can see the faculty, and
the facilities. The purpose of this is
that the students feel the website as being a "real" website.
- Tell your students that, although the many
accomplishments of Monroe HS, the principal has been having problems with a
newly hired teacher. Tell the students that all of them will be playing the
role of Mrs. Miller, the National Milken Educator and that the principal will
explain everything to them.
- If you are playing the role of the Principal, this is
the time when you "convert" into her. You can go outside and put a different
coat or something that will make you look different than when you were in
class. On the contrary, if a colleague is playing the role, this is the time
when she enters the classroom. As the principal gets into the classroom, she
will pretend that she is in a hurry and will give the students general
information about the problem; she will also mention that there is a memo in
their mail box so they can learn about the problem.
- Pointing your students back to the opening page of
Monroe High School, ask them to click on the apple situated at the bottom
right-hand corner of the page. This link will take them to the PBL
- Your students will get first to the
Memo Mrs. Jones (the principal) was talking about. There are other links
at the bottom of the page with more documents to present the problem. Ask your
students to start with the class video
so they have an idea of the problems Ms. Norton is having. Then ask them to
carefully read the following links:
Mr. Brown's Note,
Ms. Norton's Note, and
Mrs. John White's Note..
- Pointing the students back to the Principal's Memo, ask
them to click on a football icon situated at the bottom left-hand corner of
the page; this will take them to the
Solution Parameters page.
- The Solution
Parameters page provides the students with more detailed information about
- The students will be asked to provide the following
artifacts as a way of solving the problem:
A Classroom management plan that is
based on research
A newsletter that communicates the classroom management
plan to the parents
A classroom procedures poster
A student contract that includes the
main points of your classroom management plan which is to be signed by the
parents and the students
How will this plan be supported?
- You can ask your students to form dyads or to work by
themselves. It is better to ask them to work in dyads so they can discuss the
problem with a classmate and they can also divide the workload.
- The problem is set to be solved in three class
sessions. In the first session, they will do research using the Internet about
classroom management plans, and they will create their own. If they do not
have enough time, they should finish it for homework.
- During the second class, the students will create a
simple newsletter with the information contained in the classroom management
plan. They will also create a poster with the classroom procedures and the
contract with the main points of the classroom management plan, and a simple
PowerPoint presentation to present their results.
- Although it is not necessary, your students can create
the poster using MS Publisher. They will need to print it and send it to
enlarge to poster size. If you decide to ask the students to use Publisher,
you will need to add one more class session to the timetable.
- Depending on the number of students, you can give them
some time during the third session to finish their products and then start
with the Power Point presentations.
- You can evaluate the newsletter using
the rubric created for its evaluation.
- The Power Point presentation can be evaluated by you
and other class members using the Classroom
Management Presentation Rubric.
- Since the poster for this problem was created without
using computer technology, the instructor did a subjective evaluation of the