Classroom Management Kaizen Techniques - Classroom Management

What are the Kaizen Techniques? How it is used in classroom management?

Kaizen is common Japanese technique of building un-ending improvement at workplace. Improvement takes place in every function of business related to working practices, manufacturing processes and employee efficiency. Kaizen technique can be used for personal development or increasing life skills.

Kaizen techniques are recommended in giving small improvements within time, which is something essential for long-term goals. The five steps of Kaizen, also called 5S, are −

  • Sort
  • Straighten
  • Shine
  • Standardize
  • Sustain

The Kaizen philosophy indicates if anything you want to repair do not wait until it breaks down. Rather, you can continue to work to the extent of improvement so that you never find any breakup. Education is such a perfect case for things to be done on endless improvement. We can have a look at how to apply Kaizen techniques to improve your class management techniques.


Identify a Problem

You can face many problems when you are handling your classes. Every day is challenging for you. How much experienced you are, the driving atmosphere of a classroom often creates new challenges for you. Follow these steps to identify the one problem you want to improve upon first −

  • Note down what all problems you are currently facing.
  • Resolve the problems into different problems and repetitive problems.
  • Among the two groups, find out the problems depending on the severity and arrange them in decreasing order.
  • Write the problems at the top of both groups.
  • First give preference to one of the problems that you want to start with.

Determine the Root Cause

After you recognize a single problem you need to find out the reason behind it. In an atmosphere as powerful and hostile as a classroom it is very hard to find the reason behind any problem. However it is must for you to resolve the problem. Here are some points you can inquire to find origin of the problem −

  • When did you identify the problem first
  • What is the occurrence of the problem
  • Did you find involvement of one or more students in the incident?
  • Do the same group of students recur this problem again
  • What are the actions or conditions that could lead to?

When you explore on these basic questions, many more other related questions will arise in your mind automatically. When you answer these questions you will find the root cause behind the problem. Note it down on the paper as soon as possible. If you find that the problem has multiple causes then, note them down in sequential order according to the severity.

You have to keep an eye on the class and children’s behaviour for sometime before you take action on this. Never be panic to discuss the problem with other colleagues as they too might have face the same issue it their classrooms.

Propose a Solution

Recognizing the causes for a problem can definitely solves the problem by 50%. To attain next 50% you have to find a solution. Suggest ways for each of the triggers you have noted down. Discuss with other teachers and school management about your plan. Taking others participation will give you new ideas to the problem.

But finding a way out for each of the problem triggers is not enough. Your solution should contain all these −

  • Solution to triggers − You have to note down the ways to control each of the problem triggers. You can find more ways than one in handling each trigger. Ensure to note down all of them.
  • Implementation steps − Write down in sequential order to execute each solution. You have to find out multiple sequences (ideally 2 or 3) so that you can have a chance in planning in case if the first one does not work.
  • Implementation plan − The solution should maintain time while executing by you. Also make involvement of teachers, students, infrastructure, etc. that you will need, and how you will make use of it and utilize them.

Test the Solution

After the execution plan is ready, you need to try a test in small steps. There are two ways of doing this −

  • First prefer small group of students on whom your plan executes.
  • Execute the first, say 2 or 3, and later take steps on the whole group of students causing the problem.

Whatever your testing process, you need to be ready to nip the solution as you move forward and decide how it actually works. Even after giving ample time if you feel that it is not worked out, then go for another plan or leave it and start fresh from the beginning finding the root cause. There is no feeling of guilty as you have learnt precious lessons that you can implement next time and thereby increase possibility of success.

You have to keep in mind that class is a very powerful environment and any new actions will need time, stoicism and productive outlook to succeed.

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