Effective Classroom Management
Some teachers have terrible discipline problems, while others create an atmosphere in the classroom that is conductive to learning, with little apparent effort. Of cause it can be some natural talent to captivate students from the very beginning of the lesson, keep them busy and involved in work all the time and easily solve discipline problems if they appear, and all this without bothering much. There is definitely a lot to envy. Especially when your dear students always disappoint you with misbehavior, constant talking over you, fooling around and growing restless and as a result – poor knowledge of the subject. Fortunately there is a way out – start learning rules of classroom management.
Generally speaking there are only four core aspects, however they are really extensive.
- effective lessons based on a well-conceived curriculum
- good organizational skills
- good teacher-student relationships
- effective discipline (which can be easily achieved after the first three conditions are satisfied)
The first of these points must not be overlooked. Most of the ‘discipline’ difficulties experienced by teachers in the classroom were before the lesson started; they were inherent in the lesson plan. The students’ work should be interesting, involving plenty of varied student activity. There should be something for every student to do all the time, and the standard of the work should not be too difficult or too easy for any student in the class.
It is out of question that only a good plan is not enough. Good teacher-student relationships are of great importance.
Good teacher-student relationships are based on mutual respect. The student respects the teacher for his or her teaching skills, personal qualities, knowledge and professionalism; and the teacher respects each student as an individual, and that student's attempts to learn. It is important to realize that respecting each individual student is not the same...