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Classroom Management
Classroom Management is an important part of the teaching process, making sure the students are comfortable with their surroundings, with the teacher able to manage the class in a friendly manner and making sure discipline is maintained. Using gestures in the classroom is a good way of conveying the meaning of language, always making sure the students understand the meanings. Some teachers might even have their own gestures for certain meanings. The teacher’s voice is possibly one of the most important attributes a teacher can have when teaching students, a dull voice could create boredom among the students in the classroom with students losing interest, so a teacher’s voice must have to vary its tone, obviously if teaching a big class the teacher may have to raise his voice a little so everybody in the class can hear. Speaking clearly in class is important when giving instructions. If the students become a bit too noisy the teacher can, just by raising his voice a little, get back the attention of the class. The seating arrangements in the classroom are also something the teacher must think about carefully. How he/she goes about organizing this usually depends on the size of the class, the number of students and the type of activity. The usual way of seating in the classroom is for the desks to be in rows, the teacher can see all the students, he / she can move around easily when monitoring. In smaller classes the teacher may prefer individual desks, or maybe a ‘U’ shape, both these types of seating arrangements make the class feel less formal. The teacher can also decide where the students sit. Maybe in pair work the teacher may feel the need to put a weaker student with a stronger one, or maybe sometimes just change students around so that they are working with different students at different times, always explain to the students the reason for doing this, being careful not to put students together if they don’t get on very well. Try not to move students without a reason. In the classroom the teacher’s position is also important, if the teacher is standing it will probably mean he/she is going to speak to the class, explain something, give instructions, etc. If the students are reading, or during the activate part of the lesson, the teacher would probably be seated, occasionally monitoring if the students are doing work, never stopping the students flow or interfering. Unfortunately at some point in the lesson the teacher will have to write on the board, meaning he/she will have to turn their back to the class. There is no real way of avoiding this, one way to avoid the time spent not facing the class could be to board work before the students arrive, covering up the work if the teacher does not want the students to see it, write on the board while the students are working, and, if the school has one, an overhead projector is a good way of cutting down on board work. A class is also far more likely to be enjoyable if the students have a good rapport with the teacher. This can be achieved by the general attitude of the teacher. The atmosphere in the classroom is likely to be more relaxed and the students more stimulated if the students and the teacher get on well with each other. There are many ways in which a teacher can maybe achieve this, making sure the students are happy with the seating arrangements, show an interest in the students, pair work and group work is important too, give plenty of praise, be kind and patient and always give clear instructions. All in all a teacher has many things to think of in Class Management, and if he/she can always remember to be on time, make your lessons as interesting as possible, and always try and establish a good rapport with the students, then teaching just might become more fun.

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