Thursday, 29 June 2017

Knowing the Classroom Management Techniques is the Key to Become an Accomplished Teacher

"It took a while for me to figure out that classroom management was really a relationship building skill." Jeremey Wilder ‏
Managing classrooms and at the same time teaching the learners in the classrooms can quite be a difficult task to achieve if the teacher is a newbie and not well trained in conducting classes. New teachers, who are yet to start any kind of teaching or have just started their career in teaching, may find it difficult to manage the learners in the classrooms and at the same time ensure that they are able to utilize the maximum amount of time in the class to their benefit, more so because of their lack of experience in the required field. Classroom management has become an essential element in today’s classrooms, including ESL/EFL ones. Classes comprise of learners from various backgrounds, ethnicity and culture and therefore each one’s behavior is bound to differ from the other. Hence a formal training on Classroom Management will prove to be beneficial for you both as a regular and TEFL teacher, if you intend to have a well accomplished, fulfilling career in teaching and training.

Classroom management training TEFL online courses usually comprise of topics on learning strategies to foster a learning environment in the classroom, the principles of correct learning, what are the roles expected out of a teacher and the students present in the class, the meaning and use of the term ‘discipline’, the techniques that are to be practiced in the classroom to motivate and encourage the learners in classroom participation, managing large groups when the size of the class is big, time management strategies and many other equally important topics.
Classroom management techniques also comprise of identifying disruptive learners in the classroom and dealing with them (i.e. prevent any form of disruption from occurring), handling disruption when they have already occurred, encourage good behavior, if possible make a list of the types of behavioral guide to be followed in the class, and the types of unacceptable behavior that are prohibited and would attract actions and disciplinary practices. Other necessary rules to be included in that guideline may vary from not interrupting when the teacher speaks, clear doubts and queries when the teacher says so, refrain from correcting fellow classmates when they make any mistake, homework policies to be followed, and other rules which the teacher might think to be necessary. Also, handling large groups can really be difficult for teachers hence dividing these groups into smaller groups and then assigning them with tasks. It is necessary for the learners in the class, especially Young learners, feel comfortable for learning in places and situations where they feel safe and not threatened
Lesson planning is another effective strategy to ensure that you as a teacher are able to effectively use your time in the classroom. A typical lesson plan will include both learning from the books or blackboards but also efficacious learning activities that are interesting enough for the learners to participate and engage them in those activities. A well planned lesson plan will not only boost your confidence as a teacher as you go prepared for the class but also help you be on track as the class progresses and refrain you from discussing other things too much that are not related to the subject.
Another key component of classroom management is feeling calm and confident. A new teacher who is just starting out may feel nervous however if the learners sense it then it is not good news for the teacher. Hence whatever you are going thorough, the key is to get yourself together and project a cool and confident teacher to the learners.A teaching practice session in this case will be a great help and will surely provide you with the essential first hand teaching experience before you venture into the real world of teaching.

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