Short Tutorial on Classroom Management
Classroom management is an important part of a good learning environment.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Priscilla E. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
Approaches to classroom management
One of the first tasks you can do to achieve managing your specific class is choosing which desk seating method to use in the classroom.
There are multiple ways to set up the desks for each specific class. The way I would set up my class test would be shoe horse shape this is because this is more intimate and the class I will be teaching is a small number of students.
With the shoe horse shape of the desk, the teacher can keep an eye on all the students, and continually make eye contact with all of them, and is also able to check work. With the shoe horse shape of the desk, the teacher can keep an eye on all the students, and continually make eye contact with all of them also checking the sheet work.
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Relationship with the teacher
Another big part of managing the students in the classroom setting is being able to make the students feel comfortable with you as a teacher. This is important because when students feel comfortable they can learn quicker and more apt to ask questions when they are feeling confused. This also makes them comfortable with speaking out loud, which In turn helps with pronunciation. Although it is important to make the students feel comfortable it is also important for a teacher to maintain rules and structure.
Maintaining discipline is important because this helps to keep control of the class and withholds from the students acting out And maintains a conducive to the learning environment for all students.
Eye contact is another vital thing to use in the classroom. Eye contact helps the students know they are being heard and validated. This also keeps the students engaged in the class because at any moment you could ask them a question about what they’re learning.
Gestures are also very important while engaging the class as English is not their native language body language and gesturing can assist in communicating the meaning of a word. Gesturing to the students also helps them because they know when you want them to start an activity stop an activity or to encourage ending a task.
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Another way to maintain the class is to encourage contribution and open communication between students. By doing this you are engaging with the students and having the students engage with you. This will help them properly pronounce English words and get comfortable using the English language in proper sentences.
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Knowing your students and how to give them engage with them is also an important way to manage the class, if you engage students Improperly this could cause unnecessary volume in the class and minimal work getting accomplished, by allowing for poor structure. This is why it is important to know your students and engage with them and observe how they act with other students. Knowing your class and your content helps determine when it is appropriate to do group work or solo work. It is important to ask yourself questions throughout the year about how you can improve the class and evaluate the students on how far they’ve come on learning.
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