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Classroom Management
Before a class can begin, teachers need to ensure that the classroom is organized and the students are under control and attentive. There must be classroom management—not only at the beginning but throughout the entire period. It doesn't matter how many great ideas or lesson plans you have ready to implement, if you cannot manage a classroom you will find that very little will be accomplished. Granted, not all ages or levels can be defined or labeled as simply good or bad. Every individual student and every class (as a whole) will present their own rewards and/or challenges. What is important to remember is that you must prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Your students may be wild or they may be calm, but in either case you must know how to manage a classroom effectively. Be positive, be adaptable, and remember to set up a disciplinary policy and reward system at the very beginning. It is much easier to start off a little strict and to relax over time, then to offer a free for all and go backwards. Although more classroom management will be needed with young learners, it is important to maintain discipline and present incentives for good behavior in all classes and levels. Teachers must be armed with a variety of activities when they enter a classroom and they must be very receptive and aware of their students' behavior. If there are signs of boredom or unrest, something needs to change. An activity may be too long or not interesting for the students. If this is the case, the teacher needs to respond in order to the keep the students engaged and motivated to learn. This is the best way to prevent a class from becoming disruptive or chaotic. Additionally, teachers should not make any empty threats or promises. If they do, this will discredit the whole system. From past experience with some students, a command without a promise is not a command at all. For young learners, it usually a good idea to offer rewards such as stars or a prize that they can work towards. Also, it may be necessary to take away stars or separate students that cannot behave during class. To help with management, it can be very useful to assign team captains for the boys and the girls. They can sometimes enforce rules and encourage their fellow classmates better than you can as a teacher. Creating contests between the boys and the girls can also help motivate and engage the students. Young learners are especially sensitive to fairness in regards to discipline and praise. Teachers need to be consistent in how they treat students and they should try to use positive reinforcement in most cases. In some situations, it may be necessary to separate students or keep them after class to talk one on one. It is important to avoid yelling or using anger to silence the students as this will invoke fear and create discomfort. Teachers must balance being friendly and giving praise with being stern and providing discipline. In time students will become familiar with you and your teaching methods. When they do, classroom management will become less of an issue and this will give you more time to focus on the lesson and activities. Underneath the issue of classroom management is the need for teachers to create fun, varied, and engaging lessons for the students. If teachers use an effective discipline/reward system and are able to instill in students a real desire to learn, then classroom management will become a very small task indeed. References: