Reducing Classroom Management Problems Through Student Participation S
Dec 22, 2009 Classroom Management 3997 Views
As a teacher, classroom management problems occur every now and then. It is like a web that traps educators when they least expect it. Much more, it can further drag you down the drain if pre-emptive measures are not taken. Without immediate action, it can consume your entirety, both professionally and personally.
Battling against classroom management problems is in fact easy. As a teacher, you need to know which methodology works on a specific classroom and which one won't. A very important component towards an effective procedure is to keep your students active in class. With their interest during your lectures, you can gain their support, their trust and their respect.
With that said, what you need to prioritize is how to extract the interest of your students during an hour or long hours of lecture. We know for a fact that the attention rate of any student during a class is limited. To keep their ears and eyes fixated on you with great discussion retention, participation is the key. Here is a list of strategies you can incorporate in your lectures to reduce classroom management problems.
Strategy #1: Oral participation. This is a strategy where you can ask your students questions about your lectures. With every answer depending on the content of it, you can give due scores or quiz points. This strategy allows active involvement from your students and will also give them the eagerness to listen to your discussion. Much more you can make this even a quiz for everyone so they need to answer your questions every time with the correct input. To add a little logic twist, you can give open ended questions to allow them to assess and analyze your discussion and input their personal view points.
Strategy #2: Individual or group reporting. You can cater five to ten minutes of student's reporting before or after class. Your student's topic can range from a simple review to an immediate synthesis on what was earlier discussed. Not only will they learn how to listen attentively to your lectures but also consolidate the whole lecture period in just an ample amount of time. You can also give the students points on how well they elaborated your lesson and how effective their reports are.
Strategy #3: Student questioning. Though this may not be widely adapted by majority of teachers, sometimes it is best to ask students if they have any concerns. Their questions may range from a mere rundown of the lesson or an area where someone wasn't able to grasp. It is also a good exercise to allow your student to think outside the box. Make them ask questions that will directly connect your lecture to any real world scenario. After generating such questions, you can even allow yourself or a student to respond. In this way, you are not only touching the depth of their thoughts but how they relate your discussion to any given scenario.
These strategies if properly imposed can flourish active student participation. With their interest in your class, they will entrust you with their knowledge and many more will give you their respect. And with respect comes discipline. This is in fact the core solution of minimizing classroom management problems.