Top 3 Crucial Aspects Impacting Classroom Management in ESL Teaching
Classroom management is the skill of organizing and managing a class, having a friendly, relaxed manner, and maintaining discipline. It can affect the students' learning outcomes and can have an impact on the teachers' wellbeing. Good classroom management provides a productive learning environment with dedicated students who can learn without distractions. It helps reduce poor behavior and distractions so students can remain focused on the lesson. It encourages social and emotional development with positive interaction between students. Classroom arrangement, establishing rapport with students, and knowing how to use your voice are some of the steps to transform the classroom environment into one that actively encourages learning.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Eleni P. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
1. Classroom Sitting Arrangement
Teachers have the authority to move the students for the benefit of an activity, cohesion, or discipline. A teacher organizes the students' position, and themselves is of great importance and should be done firmly but politely at the beginning of the course, so students don't get too used to sitting in one place. There should always be a purpose to it that the students can see. Some helpful classroom arrangements are putting a weak student together with a stronger one for pair work activities or mixing pairs occasionally to add variety to work with different people and personalities. This is an effective method in dealing with teams that are problematic when working with each other. To ensure the best possible seating arrangement, a teacher should also keep in mind the type of activity that will take place, their role, and what the students are expected to do.
2. Rapport Building Techniques
Another essential aspect of classroom management is establishing rapport. Good rapport between the teacher and students and the students themselves plays a crucial role in having a successful and enjoyable class. Teachers with good communication skills help students feel comfortable in their environment. Teachers who use verbal and non-verbal communication aid students in understanding what is expected of them and help build their confidence in learning. Positive word reinforcement, body language, and appropriate, effective language for discipline create a classroom that inspires students to contribute and participate in the lessons without fear that they will be judged unfairly.
3. Non-Verbal Communication
The way a teacher uses their voice is another important aspect of classroom management. If their vote does not have correct clarity and range of variety, they will have difficulty making their instruction and explanation understood to the class students. The teacher should be able to naturally change their voice according to the circumstances and adapt to the complexity of their language to the students' level and ability. A teacher's voice can also liven up or quiet down a class. If the teacher has a dull monotone, then there is an excellent possibility that it will create boredom, leading the students not to pay attention and misbehave. A voice with significant variation has a better effect.
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To summarize, teachers who are skilled at communication, organizing, and managing a class have a friendly, relaxed manner and appropriate discipline techniques create a positive learning environment. Although being highly knowledgeable in the subject matter is essential, communicating necessary skills and concepts in a way students can understand is pivotal.
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