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Jacob Kounin

BELIEFS/THEORY Educational theorist who focused on a teacher’s ability to affect student behavior through instructional management. Kounin developed theories about classroom management that were based around a teacher’s ability to organize and plan in their classrooms while using proactive behavior and high student involvement. He believed that in order for a teacher to have an effective connection between management and teaching, there needed to be good Lesson Movement. This Lesson Movement is achieved through withitness, overlapping, momentum, smoothness, and group focus.

Biography and Classroom Implementation

Works Cited: Handout from: http://woodenspears.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/who-is-jacob-kounin.jpg Kounin, Jacob S. Discipline and Group Management in Classrooms. Huntington, N. Y.: R. E. Krieger, 1977, c1970.

Creative Way to Remember Jacob Kounin

Critics of theory: Some critics say to have an effective lesson plan may not necessarily be the “sure-all” of maintaining proper classroom management and discipline. Other resources you may need could be flow-charts or consequences to maintain student behavior, especially of those students who are not so willing to make the best choices.

Supporters of theory: Lee and Marlene Canter, who developed Discipline through Assertive Tactics were supporters of Kounin. They developed this system because they saw that teachers were unable to get rid of unwanted behaviors in the classroom. They said this was because of a lack of training in behavior management. While reading about Fred Jones, it seemed his theory was very similar to Kounin too. He tries to elimate down time because it leads to misbehavior, much like Kounin.