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The fifth unit focused on how to create a classroom set up that is relaxed with three main subsets: grouping students, physical classroom arrangement, teaching style, and correcting problematic behavior. The four types of grouping that were explained are whole class, group work, pair work, and finally individual work. A con I personally found in "whole class" is that generally the same students offer the answers or if my teacher randomly called on students, we would all feel anxious and it was not a productive learning environment. Group work allows the students to volunteer as much or little input as they'd like but since it's smaller groups they will be more focused compared to the large class. Pair work allows the students to participate 50% of the time and can safely test out new grammar points without any fear of being judged. Individual work allows the teacher to spend time with the student and help them individually. The classroom arrangement and how the teacher stands determines the atmosphere of the lesson that day. Orderly rows allow for easy lecturing with a clear view of the students but it does not create an intimate environment like a circle or horseshoe where the teacher is in a less dominating position and the students are able to see each other. The teacher should be standing during language presentations, monitoring and giving instructions otherwise they should take a less dominating position and sit. As a teacher you want to maintain eye contact with the students to engage them while gesturing and using a loud, clear voice. Creating a positive and encouraging setting will help the students feel comfortable and learn English. The teacher should talk when they are presenting and giving instructions otherwise they should try to mime, gesture, draw, etc. to have the students speaking more therefore practicing English (STT). The teacher should give instructions in a clear, concise, consistent manner and then the focus should be on the students learning and practicing the lesson. Establishing a positive rapport between the students and teacher is an integral part of the energy in the classroom. If the teacher is late, unprepared, unfair, aggressive or bored the students will follow suit and engage in problematic behavior because there is no respect from the teacher to them.