Classroom Management As discussed in the earlier unit?s


As discussed in the earlier unit's classroom management is very important. Teachers can mannage a class in many different ways such as implementing various seating arrangements. Seating arrangements are a main part in a teacher's plan for classroom management. Not only do the teachers need to consider the physical arrangement of the room but also the nature of the students involved. As there is no best seating arrangement the considerations in arranging the physical environment of the room is so that teaching and learning can occur as efficiently as possible. The teacher needs to be able to walk around the room without the students having to move their desks.

Teachers can/will use various gestures to maintain and/or establish classroom management. The physical body speaks a language and is a wonderful tool to teach young learners or any learners for that matter. Gestures, emotions, actions, movement, voice, and eye contact are very simple but effective ways to teach a language to students. In no time, they physically respond to body language and understand its meaning. Here are some examples of gestures that you can use:

Using your voice is a way that a teacher can manage a class, Teachers generally have a direction giving voice, a classroom management voice, etc. By capitalizing on your special voice for the appropriate occasion, you are providing additional sources of information to your students. Your voice can alert students to important information that they need to remember.

Eye contact is equally important in the classroom. Because teachers often complain about discipline, lack of attention, and many other problems, many of which amounts to a breakdown in communication between teacher and students or between students themselves. It is well known that speech is only one part of communication, yet teachers often forget about or underestimate the importance of non- verbal communication, in their own and their student's performance. One aspect of non- verbal communication is the use of the eyes to convey messages. The eyes are a powerful tool for both the teacher and the learner. Good eye contact is critical in the classroom; you must look into the eyes of your students. Good classroom management starts with good eye contact.

As stated in a previous unit encouraging involvement is crucial, teachers can put SS in groups, this will encourage SS to interact more and become more involved in the lesson. They do not learn by sitting and listening to others. They need to be sharing their own learning, and be involved in activities, and/or working with others. Having SS in groups also helps the teacher to manage and help the class more easily as he/she can monitor each group one by one instead of monitoring each SS individually.

Calling SS by their name is another form of classroom management. Referring to the students by their name help's them feel that they are part of a unique classroom. Addressing a student at a distant site by name helps promote discussion and a sense of "class." Questions can be addressed to specific students to assess their understanding of a concept.

All information listed above is from personal knowledge, experiences and information received from ITTT throughout the TEFL course.