Teach English in Luotuoao Zhen - Huanggang Shi

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Managing a classroom is arguably the single most important aspect of teaching any subject, especially the English language. Teachers with varying personality types need to understand how and when to be firm and when to allow students to interact autonomously. Teachers must also be able to use their personalities to best encourage their students to learn and continue with confidence. This will require a lot of flexibility with the teacher to adapt to differing groups of students and their varying levels of English knowledge and behavioral discipline. Organizing and, managing, and your approach with your students all combined ultimately results in a teacher’s style of classroom management. Body language while teaching can convey many different messages from a teacher to their students, and vice versa. An easy example is eye contact. This simple action is a very important aspect that will make or break classroom structure. If a teacher is able to maintain consistent eye contact (not constant), the students will likely show much more respect and follow instructions. This is in contrast to a teacher who chooses to not maintain steady eye contact while teaching. That will very likely result in a student or the whole group losing confidence in the teacher and respect for them as well. It seems very simple and sometimes unimportant, although it is eye contact can make all the difference in students’ motivation to learn the given material. Although eye contact is not required or expected during group activities where students are working amongst themselves and not focused on the instructor. Making sure that you understand your students and how they need to be appropriately grouped is also something to consider. Depending on various factors, this should include whole-class grouping, students working on their own, pair work and group work – all of which come with their own pros and cons. Whole class grouping is ideal to build comradery within the class room and will enable students to give live feedback in an open setting. This method allows for more flexibility with activities as it doesn’t require specific characteristics from students. Some more shy students may not enjoy this type of exercise and it will require them to speak aloud with attention on oneself, so be cognizant of those students and do not make them any more uncomfortable than they already may be. Teachers can also allow students to work on their own. This allows teachers and students to address specific needs with individual attention given to the student. Most students would see this as a low stress environment for learning, although they will miss out on interacting with other students and the benefits that come with learning as a group. There are many types of strategies for a teacher to manage a classroom for success, and I have covered just a few. Keep in mind that the goal should always be to create an environment for students to learn the topic well and to inspire continued learning. Through the adoption and implementation of various management skills, this can be achieved and both teacher and student will leave their course experience satisfied.