Organization Accelerated TEFL

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D.W. - U.S.A. said:
Classroom managementClassroom Management is defined in this course as the skill of organizing and managing the class, having a friendly relax manner and maintaining discipline. I believe that Classroom management is a key component to being a successful teacher. It has everything to do with your attitude and interaction in the classroom. Most every new teacher struggles with Classroom Management in the in the beginning because they fail to focus enough on establishing their role as the ?Boss? in the classroom. If you don?t take control of your classroom, your students certainly will. Some teachers often worry that their students will not like them, because they are too strict. They fail to realize that you can be friendly and firm with their students without relinquishing control of the classroom. Usually if your students respect you they will behave in class and the results are, you will be able toteach, and learning can take place. Classroom Management can also be subdivided into several sections. These are sections that are important to me: a) Giving instructions or teaching strategies-Ideas & techniques b) Using the board c) Encouraging the interaction between students d) Arranging Seating Giving instructions/teaching strategies-Ideas and techniques This area of teaching can be rewarding because if you are connecting with your students you can quickly see the results. Before starting your classes make sure you have everyone?s attention before teaching. Giving good clear instructions ensures your students know what the lesson is about and how to accomplish the assignments. Knowing your subject isimportant.You can be interesting by bringing fresh ideas and creativity into the classroom. Always monitor your students to see if they understand what you are trying to teach. This technique works for me; keep the lesson moving, if you have a 50 min class you have enough time to plan and complete 3 different exercises. This will keeptheir attention longer than any lecture. In addition try not to lecture for the entire period try to have hands-on activities during the lesson. Another technique is to get a good understanding of the culture, education systems, and traditions of the country where you will be teaching. This will enable you to be more creative in lesson planning for your class. Using the board This tool has many useful benefits, but it also has its drawbacks. The major drawback is during board work you have to turn your back to the students. The board can be used by students to practicing their spelling, (white board) use as a overhead projector screen, if the teacher can draw, they can illustrate their point by sketching on the board, explanation of games, and vocabulary quizzes. Encouraging the interaction between students From the first day of class, as a teacher you should be observing your students. Whenyou are teaching you should be aware of your students?behavior, body language, facial expressions, and how well they are participating in class. These are indicators telling you that they understand /or not what you are trying to teach them. Find out how to get your class talking for example playing games, splitting the class into teams for role play exercises always increases conversation (in English of course). Inaddition always compliment your students when they have completed their assignments. Arranging seating For me the best seating arrangement for small classes (12 or smaller) is the U shaped. This provides a non-threating and relaxing atmosphere that is very good for learning. In addition small classrooms are much easier to keep under control with less discipline problems. Assign seating is important for it is to make sure your students hear, see,and understand what you are teaching.