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G. N. - Canada said:
Classroom managementThere are a lot of things involved in being a good teacher, anyone can teach, but only those who can properly manage their class will be able to bring out the full potential from their students. One important detail is how the teacher presents himself to the class. A good strong posture shows confidence and the ability to teach, students look at that and immediately believes in your capabilities. This also allows you to control the class because you assert yourself as the power figure. To maintain the attention of your students eye contact is very important. When someone is speaking eye contact should always be made to show that you are listening. Sometimes all it takes is for the teacher to make eye contact with another student and that gets the student going. But sometimes you may have to do more than that, and that is where your voice comes in. To manage a large classroom you may need a voice that can resonate to the back of the room so that students in the back can hear. If your voice is shaky and timid, your students can tell that you have no confidence in yourself and that can be a bad thing because they may take advantage of you. At times using gestures can even be better than speaking because some things are more easily understood through actions. All these little details can go a long way in improving a teacher's ability to manage his/her classroom. Not only does classroom management rely on the teacher's ability to teach, but classroom dynamics is also a part of it. When students break off either into groups or pairs, the teacher should be walking around observing, making sure that students are doing what they should be, and answering any questions they may have. It is also crucial to realize which activities are best done independently or in groups, these help the transition phase from activity to activity. Depending on the classroom size and shape of the room, the seating arrangement is important in allowing the teacher to properly manage the class. Rows and column seating are very common in large classrooms, this way a teacher can see all the students when lecturing. In smaller class sizes a good formation to have is a horseshoe or even a circle, with the teacher in the middle. This way since the class is small, students are better able to connect with each other and bond. Teachers can also utilize this formation to their advantage, they do not have to speak as loud and can easily manage the room. But sometimes these seating arrangements do not work because of the personality of the students. Must take into account how your students are, if they are shy and not talkative then you do not want them all the way in the back where they will just be forgotten, you may want to put the louder students in the back and have the shy students up front. As you can see there is a lot of ways to manage a class it just all depends on the situation.