Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Jill Hermann-Wilmarth

Second Advisor

Clifton Ealy, Jr.

Third Advisor

Diane Owen-Rogers


Teaching methods, and the effects they can have on students, are important to consider for a classroom because when teaching you should allow for every student to have an opportunity. Every student should feel encouraged in the classroom, however not every method may allow for that. An important task for a teacher is to find out how to reach their students in their classroom; be it adapting methods or choosing when to implement one item over another. This task differs with every student that enters the classroom as no student is the same. Every students’ differences stem from their academic understanding, relationships with and in the school, work ethic, home life, race and ethnicity, and manner of a student. As a possible new teacher entering the field, I’m very inexperienced when it comes to deciphering the chaos of a classroom and finding the solutions to problems. This thesis is an attempt to independently learn more about the inner-workings of a classroom and compare my findings to a respected teacher in the field and see how he tackles certain problems. The teacher I’m collaborating with in this project is my mathematics teacher back when I was in high school; he was a big inspiration to me wanting to become a teacher as I found him to be an excellent role model in the classroom. I plan to use the culmination of my findings to further understand all of the moves I can effectively make in the classroom. What I found in this study were the consequences of not using homework for a grade, behavioral management tips and how to manage the flow of information in the classroom, things to consider with professionalism when it comes to teaching, small bits of relationship building, and other aspects to care for in the classroom.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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