Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Teacher Education

First Advisor

Michael McVey, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Wendy Burke, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ann R. Eisenberg, Ph.D


An important topic in elementary education today is classroom management. I explored this topic through interviews and surveys with second-grade teachers around Michigan in order to learn more about the question, “What classroom management systems and strategies are being used in Michigan second-grade classrooms today and are they effective at creating a supportive learning environment?” I obtained an in-depth picture of seven different classrooms and the differing methods the teachers use to manage their classrooms. Emphasized elements in the majority of classrooms include flexibility, relationships with students, expectations and routines, and communication with families.