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TESOL Videos - Classroom Management for Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Giving Individual Attention
Our next main issue is going to be that of giving students individual attention. Here many classroom management and leaving potential discipline problems can be avoided by applying some simple rules to giving your students attention. The first one is to think about the way in which you ask questions. Don't ask questions in a predictable order. If you just go around the class asking questions from one person to the next then the person at the end of the class will know that it's going to be some time before you actually get to them. So try to mix up the way in which you're asking questions. In terms of answers to questions don't allow individual students to dominate all of the answers. One of the things that we can do to help this particular issue is to use the students names as mentioned before but remember, put those names at the end of the question. One of the things we need to do as the teacher is try to keep and note in our mind of who has actually answered various questions, so that we can be as inclusive as possible. However, one point that we should put on the end of this is that we try to include everyone to give us answers when they can but if they can't then don't force students to answer. This is particularly important in countries where actually giving a wrong answer could cause that person to lose face so don't force your students to answer it if they're not sure.
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There are many different teacher aids with pros and cons to help a teacher throughout a lesson. A white board is very easy to write on and can be used for things as sticking transparencies and drawing. A downside would be the teacher turning his or her back to the students. Interactive white boards, also known as smart boards are computer based and can allow many things to be displayed by the click of a mouse. Because they are electronic, they may be more complicated to use or not always work so having a backup plan is a great idea. Smart boards usually require some training to learn how to use different functions. A teacher may even find lessons plans online that other teachers have shared. An overhead projector can come in handy to prevent a teacher from turning away from the class. A teacher can prep transparencies before the class so as to prevent turning away from students to write on a board. Transparencies can also be layered to show many different points in grammar and corrections without having to erase the original transparency. Also helpful in the classroom are visual aids, worksheets and work cards. The can be images to help a student understand an idea or a layout of written words a student needs to drill. Many electronic devices can be used including cassette tapes, video tapes, cd and video recorders. Textbooks and dictionaries are provided in nearly all schools to help a teacher and students with lessons. This unit has many resources that are a great help to any teacher. We are given dictionary sites, learning websites that have activities and worksheets and even literature and poetry. There are many links that can help teachers prepare activities and lessons or find pre-made ones that fit their need.