Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Classroom Management

Classroom Management
· Use a wide variety of activities during a lesson in order to keep the children motivated.
· Have different activities where the children have to move around.
· Intersperse active activities with quiet ones.
· End the lesson with a quiet activity.
· Encourage the children to raise their hand when they wish to participate, not shout out.
· Sit on the floor with the children (the closer you are to their level the better so they
identify with you when you demonstrate an activity and you realise how uncomfortable it
can be!).
· Sit the children so that they all have equal access to the activity (in a circle or semicircle
is best).
· Allow the use of L1 until the children are ready to produce L2. Whenever appropriate,
say what they have said in L1 back to them in L2.
· If you notice a particular child is becoming restless then involve him directly in the lesson
immediately, e.g. give him the next turn at the game or give him a job to do (collect the
cards from the others or stick the pictures on the wall etc)
· Give lots of encouragement and praise.
· Try to avoid misbehaviour by using the above strategies, but when it happens, as is
1. Make sure the misbehaviour is not the result of misunderstanding your instructions.
2. Use L1 if necessary so the child understands what is happening.
3. If possible, discipline the child on his own, not in front of the whole group (not always
4. Use punishments appropriate to the age of the child and consistent with the whole
school policy (if there is such a thing!)
5. Have strategies already thought-out, for example a rising scale of punishment if the
child continues to misbehave, which can be communicated to the whole class and
therefore all the children know what to expect if they misbehave. For example:
I. Warning; if you do that again, you’ll have to sit apart from the group
II. Sit the child apart from the group for a short and specified period of time
(e.g.1 minute for each year of their life)
III. Send the child to another teacher to be disciplined verbally
IV. The child loses a few minutes of break time
BE CONSISTENT; use the same strategies with all children and every time there is
misbehaviour and if you threaten a punishment make sure you carry it out.

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