Good TEFL Classroom Management.
Oct 1, 2012 Classroom Management 3523 Views
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Decide this: What are the reasons for classroom management problem?
Why are the students misbehaving? Are they bored? Do some of them have behaviour problems? Do they find English hard to learn? Does he/she think that the teacher does not like him or her? Or even a lack of motivation to be good.
Children need to know who is boss, if you are not the children are more than glad to be. And that's the last thing you want! Some newly qualified teachers just want to be nice, fun and friendly, but they fail to establish class management Points and boundaries. Big mistake trying to instill rules later can be so much harder.
So how can a TEFL teachers instill good classroom management?
Make sure that you do not compromise your authority, by trying to be the students friend. Remain firm, fair and consistent.
Be their mentor not their best friend, not only as an English teacher, but a model of how they should behave. Someone they can come to for help and trust. Be firm from day one.
Consistency makes the children trust you, clearly set the classroom rules. Refuse to go on teaching until your rules are respected. If you are inconsistent, shout at the children or lose your cool, suddenly punish a child unexpectedly, embarrass them, you will lose all trust.
Be a caring teacher.
Even though you are firm, take every opportunity to talk to your TEFL students informally. When you get the chance ask the children how they are, what football team they like, what music they like. The children will feel special and form more of a bond. They will really believe that you care about them. Just because you are strict does not mean that the students won’t like you. The difference is that they know the boundaries, and with this they will be less likely to misbehave.
Teach to your class not the board.
Arrange your class so that it is easy for you to walk around your class. Whenever possible sit in next to different students and help clear up any confusion they may have, if there are any questions they would like to ask, or just tell them that they are doing.
Good behavior should be Praised and encouraged.
Praise and encouragement will receive a better response from a child. Nothing comes from belittling your students. It is important to build a child self belief and self worth. There is so much good that you can do as a TEFL teacher to build confidence by keeping a positive dialog.
Praise, praise and more praise along with buckets of encouragement to TEFL students, are the key to having students behave well. Try these, give out tasks to students, who are well behaved, thank them for being good or for doing something quietly.
If a student is being naughty avoid using his or her name. Children love the sound of their own names – it means they are getting attention. If sue is talking say, "I'm listening to johnny now".
Give regular verbal or written praise, a positive note to take home to parents, a star on the work, displaying a particular student's work on the wall, being named the student of the week, and so on.
Keep it interesting.
Use many different TEFL learning styles so that you reach all students in your class. By using a wide variety of TEFL classroom games and activities you will probably use auditory, visual, tactile skills to engage all your students in some way.
Classroom games engage and motivate the children. When a child is enjoying learning he/she is more likely to take in more of the lesson. Plan your class activities for your class size and layout.
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