The creation of a conducive environment for any activity, whether it is related to learning or management, should be done under a controlled environment. So, ahead of the implementation of a particular process, there needs to be a certain path which guarantees the success of the methodology, one such being the PDCA cycle that helps in the proper assessment of the correct route of the system flow for any topic related to learning or management for that matter.
What is a PDCA cycle?
Every process, which is related to management, in whatever spheres it may be, follows a particular cycle of work. It is an ardent requirement for each and every procedure so as to understand and execute the activities present in them to get optimum benefits out of them. This is where the PDCA cycle comes into the fray.
The PDCA cycle consists of four basic activities:
These four activities put together in one place helps in understanding and thus implementing every process in an optimal way so as to derive the desired result from them.
When Should You Apply PDCA cycle:
Use it when –
- While defining a tedious or repetitive work procedure
- While applying any changes in your classroom or curriculum
- If you are working towards a constant development
- If you are starting a new development teaching-learning plan
- While planning any data collection and analysis
- Avoiding wastage of sources
Its significance in classroom management
This procedure can be implemented in various activities related to management and class management is no stranger to that. Ranging from the pre and primary classes to the ones related to higher studies, for example the TEFL in-class courses, the PDCA cycle could be well in relevance to be implemented for the proper and smooth running of the activities related.
Planning is the first and foremost part of any activity related to its development. This part not only focuses on understanding the loopholes present in the procedures related with the activity, but also on the ways to eradicate them in the most feasible of ways possible. In any classroom, especially the one that involves higher studies, there is a need for proper planning to understand the problems that might be faced by the students from different socio-economic background and to eradicate them in the best possible way so as create an in-class environment conducive for both the teacher and the learners.
- Do (Perform)
The next step related to the proper execution of the procedure in the classroom depends on the way the plans are put into action or their performance. A plan, unless, put into action is as good as nothing and that should not be the case as far as class management is concerned. The performance of the process in the proper way helps in the smooth running of the management process.
- Check (Monitor)
The need of checking or monitoring every step with utmost care is absolutely an ardent requirement for the smooth running of the planned procedure in class management. If the checking part is absent, it becomes a real problem to eradicate and also affects the proper communication process between the teacher and the learners.
- Act (Improve)
Last but not least, it is very important to act upon or put the plan into action so as to derive the desired result from it. However, if there is a chance to improve the procedure and upgrade into something even more significant and impacting, it should always be taken and chanced upon to get a better than expected result, which will help to build the process in the best way possible and present a concrete learning procedure in the classroom environment.
Pros and Cons of PDCA
- Its involving and engaging approach allows you and your learners to test different solutions and weigh up results in a cycle
- Committed towards a continuous development
- Improves effectiveness and productivity in an inhibited way
- Applying it can be little bit slower than a clear-cut process
- It might not be the apt approach for solving an urgent problem
Every classroom requires the proper execution of the learning process and the PDCA cycle could add to the significance and influence of the classroom environment on the learners. The eradication of problems and providing a feasible solution is also a very important part of the PDCA cycle in order to bring about a positive change, especially in the case of higher studies, for example the TEFL in-class courses.