Classroom Management What is the main requirement to be a
What is the main requirement to be a successful teacher' Think back to when you were at school or university. What courses or subjects do you remember and why' A good explanation for this most likely is the teacher. To be a good teacher, do you have to act like a stage performer or a clown' Do you simply write something on the board and walk away' How do you use your voice or actions' What are the best seating arrangements for your students and where do you stand' How do you deal with problem students' These, among others, are all questions that focus on the skill of classroom management. In this report I will discuss the factors involved in managing the classroom and ways in which a teacher can best utilize the classroom to maximize the students learning potential.
When you talk to someone do you look them in the eye' This is an important question and in the classroom eye contact is very important. Giving eye contact can be used for not only giving instructions, but also to let a student/students know that what they are doing is acceptable or not. The teacher's voice plays an important role in motivating the students. Too dull a delivery and you might find some heads on desks! When teaching younger students the use of gestures is a key element to keeping them focuses and they can also be used to help with language difficulties.
Student seating arrangements are important for the dynamics of your classroom. Most likely, they will want to sit with friends. This can lead to a number of problems including talking and peer pressure. It is a good idea to organize the room so that groups are split up and stronger students are placed next to weaker students. I prefer to have my classroom in pairs of desks. This allows me to roam freely during the lesson to reach students who require my attention. It is also important for the teacher to be seen easily by all the students. Students need to not only see the teacher but hear the teacher as well. Although writing on the board requires that your back be turned to the class, it can be minimized. Having the students participate in board writing is not only good for motivation, but discipline as well.
All students want to be given attention. This of course can lead to behavior problems with students who like to hog the teacher's attention or other student's attention alike. It is important to know all the students names and involve as many of the students as possible. I tend to ask random students questions to keep them on track. When conducting open questions, it is important to have as many different students answering as possible. Never let on or two students dominate the activity. The same applies when giving instructions. It is vital that all the students understand the teacher. Speaking slowly and clearly to ensure they fully understand is a key component of being a successful teacher. They must know what it is you are saying and they should feel comfortable asking you for confirmation. I always go round the room asking individual students if they understand what is being presented.
All teachers need time to speak during a lesson but so to do the students. The balance between teacher talking time and student talking time depends on what activity is being conducted. When giving instructions the teacher will be dominating the talking time. During activity stages, the students should be talking and discussing among themselves.
There will always be times when the teacher will need to discipline the class or individual student. How the teacher goes about this depends of the age and level of the students involved. Problem behavior is not always the result of events in the classroom. Outside factors, beyond your control-home life, mental health etc, are not as easily managed. A teacher may have a classroom of 50 students or a mix of high level/low level students. The teacher can help prevent classroom problems by always being presentable, and prompt. Including as many students as possible in class activities and show the students as much respect as possible.
In conclusion, I feel that in order to manage a successful classroom, the teacher has to build up a working report with all the students. I have found that the most enjoyable classes are ones where you as a teacher are respected by your students and if the students are treated with the same respect, they will work effectively. Basic ground rules need to be implemented at the beginner in order to set the boundaries on what is acceptable or not. Once a working level has been obtained and the students understand what they can and can't do, the classroom will function successfully and they will have an optimum environment in which to learn.
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