Classroom Management

Classroom Management

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Contained within this chapter are eleven techniques that can be implemented in order to maintain and achieve effective group management and control. A discussion on how/why common problems occur is also presented, as well as negative classroom management techniques that we should avoid.

Managing an ESL classroom is one of the most important aspects of becoming a successful teacher. It may sound obvious, but responding quickly and diligently to problematic behaviour, re-establishes your status as the teacher and leader in the classroom environment. There are 11 techniques that can be implemented in the classroom that will assist in developing effective group management and control. There is not one concept more important than the other, and they can all be used in conjunction within the classroom. The 10 techniques are as follows:

Focusing – Not beginning instruction until you have everyone’s attention

Direct Instruction – Telling the class exactly what will be happening during the class

Monitoring – Circulating through the classroom

Modelling – Demonstrating the proper and expected ways of doing things

Non-verbal Cuing – Hand clapping or ringing a bell to garner attention

Environmental control – Posters, charts, bulletin boards that change frequently

Low-profile intervention – Moving toward and hovering around student who are misbehaving without allowing them to become the center of attention

Assertive Discipline – Confronting a student who is misbehaving in front of the entire class Assertive I-message – “I need you to” or “I expect you to”

Humanistic I-message – “When you do X, you make the teacher feel sad”

Positive Discipline – Instead of “Don’t do this” a teacher may say “Its appropriate if you do behave this way”

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