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This unit was very helpful in describing ways to maintain order in the classroom. A good teacher must show respect to their students in order to receive it. Respect can come in many forms including being fair, not picking favorites, making eye contact, and taking a genuine interest in the students. Respect can also be shown in the form of preparedness. Having a lesson plan can dramatically aid in a teacher's preparation and, in case of illness, can help guide a substitute teacher. It also functions as a record keeping document and allows me to make goals for myself as well as the students. "This unit was broadly divided into three subjects: materials, lesson planning and classroom management. Materials are classified as anything that aids the teaching process and is brought into the classroom by the teacher. They can include worksheets, pictures, real objects and activity sheets. They can be materials that a native speaker might make use of in real life, such as newspapers and films (authentic materials), or puzzles and crosswords that have been specifically designed around a language point (non-authentic materials). In order to select the most appropriate material (authentic or non-authentic), it is important to consider what language is going to be used or practiced in the lesson, in what sort of activity they will be used, and how they are going to be demonstrated. In tandem with this process, a lesson plan should be devised to structure the overall lesson and order the materials appropriately. This plan can then be used by the original teacher or a stand-in as a reference during the lesson, and be kept as a record after. It is important that a lesson plan is not so inflexible as to restrict the teacher from responding to individual student?s needs, but it should help guide the lesson so that quantifiable progress is made each time. Course books are often used by language schools as they present advantages for teachers and students alike. Typically they provide structured materials and a syllabus that has been reviewed and tested before publication and as such demand much less preparation time from the teacher. However it is easy to fall into the trap of relying too heavily on a prescribed course which might not necessarily cater to the needs of the students in the classroom. Sourcing authentic or non-authentic material from the internet for example, can help vary the learning experience and/or supplement a course book as required. Regarding classroom management, there are three main teaching styles: rigid teacher control, little to no teacher control and ?controlled active? where the students speak and listen as directed. No one teaching style is considered ?best?; as it is rather more likely that all three will be utilised at some point. Most important is the teacher?s demeanour and presentation by which the use of eye contact, the pitch of voice, clear and concise instructions and a familiarity with their students, for example, will help maintain order and create a positive classroom environment. "