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From Discipline to Dynamic Pedagogy: A Re-conceptualization of Classroom Management

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The purpose of this article is to re-conceptualize the definition of classroom management, moving away from its traditional definition rooted in discipline and control toward a definition that focuses on the creation of a positive learning environment. Integrating innovative, culturally responsive classroom management theories, frameworks, and strategies from contemporary educators, this article examines a new theoretical and conceptual foundation for classroom management—the Dynamic Classroom Management Approach (DCMA)—which consolidates these ideas into one cohesive framework. Four major components of DCMA are examined in detail: (a) flexibility and adaptability in one’s management style, (b) understanding the context of students’ diverse backgrounds, (c) effective pedagogy, and (d) creating a positive classroom culture and community. Each component focuses on why and how educators can meet the needs of all students to create a positive learning environment that proactively engages them while mitigating behavioral issues.

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