Why Classroom Management is a Key to Successful Educational Process
Good classroom management is one of the successful keys during the educational process. So, what is the classroom management? How can teachers achieve effective classroom management? Where is the line between a kind, understanding teacher, and a firm, demanding teacher? All these questions are certainly an important part of the educational process and will be reviewed in this essay.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Ruslan K. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
Let's find the correct interpretation of classroom management.
Naturally, every teacher will find his/ her style of teaching and classroom management through time and practice. As was said during this course, in order the class was able to learn effectively the teacher must be able to inspire confidence in the students. At the same time, poor classroom management will almost assuredly elevate teacher's stress and burnout rates. Therefore we can say that classroom management is the skills and techniques, which teachers use to maintain control in the classroom to ensure that students are organized, on task, well-behaved, and productive. Possessing the skills of an organization of a friendly, relaxed, and joyful atmosphere in the classroom indeed can feel like magic.
Having defined the interpretation of classroom management, it is necessary to understand how good classroom management is achieved. What will help the teacher to master classroom management and create a quality learning environment?
First of all, I'd like to start with mutual respect, which is extremely important before, during, and after classes.
Before any instruction begins, a mutual amount of respect must be developed between student and teacher. Students must understand that there are certain rules that they must follow to ensure their success. At the same time, the teacher must know how to pronounce each student’s name correctly, do not use sarcasm, and do not make students feel dumb or uncomfortable for asking questions.
Second, is to be prepared and have a strong lesson plan.
Another aspect of effective classroom management is aware of what is necessary to do. The better is the teacher's plan, the better the class will likely run. It is important to develop plans that work for certain teaching styles, accommodate all students’ needs, go along with curriculum standards, and are curious and effective for the students.
Third, set certain procedures and rules to reach consistency.
As I could see through my experience, the order and organization make a classroom run fluently. Therefore, the arrangement of a consistent set of procedures that the students are familiar with will help the classroom run in a friendly and effective way. For example, the teacher will save more time when students are aware of how to use phones or other devices, when students are polite and speak uninterrupted when they are effectively taught how to act in different situations during the class.
Fourth, is to use nonverbal communication, which is the unspoken language we use to show our intentions and feelings.
Eye contact, gesture, body language as well as facial expressions could be extremely useful tools the teacher will use to reduce the talking time and establish rapport with students. Teachers can use eye contact to maintain the discipline, to give students a signal, and to show the students that they all are involved. The use of gestures captures students’ attention, makes the material more interesting as well as facilitates learning, and provides a kind of entertainment. In terms of body language, I must say that most frequently I use it when teaching three, four, and five years old kids. Given the limited vocabulary of children, as well as given possible misunderstandings on their part, among other things body language is a bit of entertainment for kids. Facial expression is another important tool that can be used to manage the class, add visual interest, and reduce the need for verbal communication.
The fifth is to avoid punishing the class.
Even being flexible during teaching, disputes are arising from time to time. In case of disputes, it is necessary to address isolated behavior issues instead of punishing an entire class, as being too firm can hurt relationships with students who are on task.
Sixth is seating arrangements.
Classroom management is certainly affected by how the seats are arranged in the classroom. It is important to consider such factors as space available in the classroom, students’ nationality, and age when arranging the seating. The seating arrangement also needs to be organized in a way that the teacher can easily move around the room and monitor student behavior.
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It is necessary to remember, that lack of effective classroom management can cause chaos and stress, which can create an unsatisfactory learning environment for students and an unsatisfactory work environment for the teacher. And I believe that the above-mentioned steps will help the teachers to master classroom management and create a friendly and quality learning environment.
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