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Some practical methods for classroom management
Good teaching can prevent many classroom management problems. But even effective teachers must be ready with appropriate strategies of classroom management in order ' to keep the learning act afloat'. It is clear that no theory or techniques works with all children all the time. In the real world, children cannot leave their out-of-school problems at the school's front door in the morning and collect them at the day's end. The student's problems will accompany them to the classroom. Skills to manage students, all kinds of students, with all kinds of problems, are essential to the teacher. He must understand them with all their personal history and experience. Then he is able to create a pleasant environmental setting.
Why is using students' names so important?
Knowing a student's name allows teachers to direct their commands to specific students regardless of whether they have an eye contact with them or not. When the student is not paying attention to the class discussion, the teacher will obviously need to address him by name. All teachers should learn students' names as fast as possible to avoid such situations: 'Hey you, quiet please'-'Who, me?'-'Are you talking to me?'. This challenging situation is easily avoided by calling a student by name. Seating charts can be a big help with recognizing the students' names or associating their features with their names.
Try to be friendly not a friend
There is a difference between being friendly and being friends. Keep a professional distance between YOU (the teacher) and THEM (the students). This is especially important for new teachers - those without a reputation already established. Students already have friends. In most cases they do not need you as one more. Don't provide them with behaviours from which they might infer the wrong motives.
Say 'Thank You'
When students do something for you, say 'Thank You' and mean it. If they have been cooperative, if they have done anything at all that has made your job even a little bit easier and more pleasant, show your appreciation. Thank them. Try saying 'Thank You' when students turn in homework, carry something for you, hold open a door for you, quietly take their place in line, and so on… Saying thank you lets them know that you know they are there, they are being noticed, they are being appreciated. It shows them that they play a key role in helping to make the lives of those around them more pleasant.
Don't threaten, take action!
All that usually happens when teachers threaten is that students try to figure out just how far they can go before the teacher will actually carry out the threat. A discipline plan based or formed on a series of teachers' threats is often heavily influenced by a teacher's feelings. If a teacher feels great one day, students can get away with more. If a teacher feels lousy another day, students can get away with less. Another trouble with threats is that, after a while, they are ineffective unless they are carried out.