How to Control Effectively: Key Suggestions for Perfect Classroom Management
Classroom management is a topic that is so broad, so overwhelming that it’s hard to know where to begin. A group of people coming together to learn a common subject or topic under the guidance of an instructor is called a class. The people taking the instructions are called learners and the place where the instruction takes place is called the classroom. Ensuring the smooth and uninterrupted learning environment in a classroom so that teaching takes place successfully is called classroom management. Progressively I will be discussing the strategies used to achieve effective classroom management.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Modestine A. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
Classroom management strategies can, therefore, be defined as, the methods and techniques an instructor uses to maintain a classroom environment that is conducive for student’s learning and success. Although there are many pedagogical strategies involved in managing a classroom, a common classroom management set up should ensure that learners feel they are in a conducive environment. To achieve effective classroom management, the following strategies can be implemented.
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Establish a positive relationship with the class: Learning should be fun and exciting. Nobody wants to spend time in a classroom where lecturing and note-taking are the norms. Students love creative, engaging lessons that grab their attention and allow them to take ownership of the learning process. Every student has a passion for something. Teachers should use these interests and passions to their advantage by incorporating them into their lessons. Students love teachers who incorporate creative and fun engaging activities into their daily classroom. Also, teachers should incorporate humor into their daily lessons. This may be sharing an appropriate joke related to the content you will be teaching that day.
Set classroom rules: These are the first line of defense against misbehavior. The rules should be simple in a way learner should be able to understand what they mean when they are first introduced. The rules must be definable, it should be known without a doubt and able to communicate exactly what is and isn’t okay. Any uncertainty over what constitute breaking rules leads to arguing and vexation. The rules must cover every possible behavior. If you enforce a consequence, but can’t confidently cite what rule was broken, then your students won’t trust you. The learners must know when they have broken a rule and exactly which one or they won’t take responsibility for their behavior.
Praise your students: Praise can be a very important tool to transform a student’s image, uplift the entire class and enforce the values you seek to promote in your classroom. It will be important to be specific when praising students, it should be perceived and sincere, earn and truthful, immediate and unexpected. Example of praises you can give to your students are; you’re smart, you are very kind, excellent, very good, good job, well done just to name a few.
Encourage group projects: Working as a group is very important as weaker students turn to learn from stronger students. Students who work with each other inside and outside the classroom also might develop more respect for each other. Some students will develop leadership skills while others will learn to be more responsible about completing assignments especially when there is a group grade involved. Also working as a group gives students the opportunity to connect with one another.
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Conclusively, while applying these strategies, the teachers should always be in control of their class by ensuring the enforcement of the rules. Also bringing excitement into your lesson improves students’ interest to learn and some times teachers are advised to even go the extra mile to make the classroom conducive and interesting for the student.
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