Classroom Management for Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Use of Eyes, Voice & Gesture

 

This presentation is going to focus on the section of classroom management. We could start with a definition of classroom management as being the skill of organizing the class individual students within that class and what takes place within the class. Perhaps one of the most important resources for achieving these things is you and in terms of you there are a number of things that you can use to help with the classroom management and they include though they're not limited to the use of your eyes the use of your voice and the use of gesture. So let's take each of these in turn and see how they can be used to help with their management of the classroom. So starting with our eyes. First of all the eyes can be used in a number of ways and they can certainly be used to hold attention. The eyes can be used to show when something is correct and the eyes can also be used to give encouragement to students and indeed to persuade. Moving on to the voice. The voice itself will change naturally depending upon what you're doing in the classroom and we should be careful that when using our voice that we enunciate every single word very clearly. In the same way that we write on the board in the form of print, we should try to speak very slowly and very clearly making each sound as we pronounce those words. Another thing, it is very important that you only use language that is at the level of the students that you're teaching. In the same way as we're talking about enunciating every word if your language is above the level of your students thenthat perfect diction is going to be a waste of time. perhaps the final thing that we could say here with the use of the voice is that the voice itself is going changed naturally depending upon what you're doing. So the stress and intonation when giving instructions is probably going to be different to when you're giving praise to feedback to your students. Finally we have the use of gesture. Gesture has a number of users within the classroom and some of the major ones would include to reduce the teacher talk time. So the use of gesture instead of actually saying something. Gesture can also be used to add to or convey meaning. Other users may include the use of gesture to add visual interest and perhaps finally here we can use the use of gesture to actually increase or decrease the pace of the class. So the use of the eye, the use of the voice and the use of gesture are all very useful tools for managing the classroom process.


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Classroom management is important to the whole education process because it offers students an ideal learning environment, helps prevent teacher burnout and makes students and teachers feel safer and happier. Classroom management involves more than just discipline and rules. It also entails organization, routines with which students come to feel comfortable, and positive attitudes on the part of teachers and students. A well-organized classroom with routines and rituals helps students feel more secure. Children need structure. The routines and rituals of a well-managed classroom allow more time for learning. Teachers spend more time teaching and less time getting class started. Students are more easily engaged and less distracted in an organized, well-managed classroom, so the learning environment is greatly enhanced. When rules and consequences are clear, teachers do not have to nag and discipline students as often. This helps prevent fatigue and teacher burnout from occurring, and it allows the teacher to have better, more positive rapport with the students. Both students and teachers enjoy the educational process more. In a well-managed classroom, discipline issues are more quickly spotted and addressed. Issues are less likely to get out of hand or become volatile. Students are more likely to feel they are treated fairly because they understand the policies from the beginning. Classroom management gives students parameters that help them feel a measure of control over their environment. When students know the rules and consequences of breaking the rules, what happens to them is within their control. ? It?s effective discipline ? It?s being prepared for class ? It?s motivating your students ? It?s providing a safe, comfortable learning environment ? It?s building your students? self esteem ? It?s being creative and imaginative in daily lessons It?s different for EVERYONE!! WHY? ? Teaching Styles ? Personality/Attitudes ? Student population ? Not all management strategies are effective for every teacher *Try different strategies to see if they work for you. Why is Classroom Management Important? ? Satisfaction and enjoyment in teaching are dependent upon leading students to cooperate ? Classroom management issues are of highest concern for beginning teachers Principles for successful classroom management ? Deal with disruptive behaviors but also manage to minimize off-task, non-disruptive behaviors ? Teach students to manage their own behavior ? Students learn to be on-task and engaged in the learning activities you have planned for them Techniques for Better Classroom Control ? Focus attention on entire class ? Don?t talk over student chatter ? Silence can be effective ? Use softer voice so students really have to listen to what you?re saying ? Direct your instruction so that students know what is going to happen Techniques for Better Classroom Control ? Monitor groups of students to check progress ? Move around the room so students have to pay attention more readily ? Give students non-verbal cues ? Engage in low profile intervention of disruptions ? Make sure classroom is comfortable and safe Techniques for Better Classroom Control ? Over plan your lessons to ensure you fill the period with learning activities ? Come to class prepared ? Show confidence in your teaching ? Learn student names as quickly as possible Transition vs. Allocated Time ? Allocated time: the time periods you intend for your students to be engaged in learning activities ? Transition time: time periods that exist between times allocated for learning activities ? Examples ? Getting students assembled and attentive ? Assigning reading and directing to begin ? Getting students? attention away from reading and preparing for class discussion Body Language ? Eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, physical proximity to students, and the way you carry yourself will communicate that you are in calm control of the class and mean to be taken seriously. ? Be free to roam ? Avoid turning back to class Cooperation through communication ? Verbalize descriptions of behaviors and never value judgments about individuals ? Verbalize feelings but remain in control ? DO NOT USE SARCASM ? Do not place labels (good or bad) ? Do not get students hooked on praise ? Praise the work and behavior ? not the students themselves ? Speak only to people when they are ready to listen Necessary classroom rules of conduct ? Maximizes on-task behaviors and minimize off-task (esp. disruptive) behaviors ? Secures the safety and comfort of the learning environment ? Prevents the activities of the class from disturbing other classes ? Maintains acceptable standards of decorum among students, school personnel, and visitors to the school campus


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