Class management is vital to the success of the ESL student. I feel the three most important class management skills are (1) Good preparation; (2) Structured Routine; (3) Motivating Students.
Thorough preparation is essential to maximizing the learning opportunities for your students. A well-prepared lesson plan will help ensure students are getting the most out of the class. It also allows for smooth transitions between activities. Arriving early before students is a good idea. This will give the teacher adequate time to set up the classroom before the arrival of the students. The teacher should make sure to have ample and well-organized supplies and plenty of additional actives in case there is extra time on hand. This keeps you from being confused and flustered during the class. Enabling to focus your attention on the students and keeping them engaged. A nervous fumbling teacher will distract from the lesson and makes students feel uneasy. Preparation and planning will make you a better teacher. Studying the content that you teach in depth will also help you grow and improve. It helps to know what and why your teaching. As a result, it will boost the student’s performance.
Next, a structured routine contributes to good class management. Having a structured routine in place will ensure students know what they are supposed to be doing, and when they are supposed to be doing it. A structured routine makes for smooth transitions and keeps the teacher from having to keep explaining or answering questions on what is coming next. Displaying the classroom routine and times will help students be aware of what to expect. Behavioral problems are less likely to arise if the students have a clear routine to follow. Inform students that you are transitioning to the next activity. This will help prevent confusion in the classroom. Make sure to always keep students informed of any changes made to routines. Repetition is the best way to establish a routine, so repeatedly apply this to all your lesson plans. Be aware of what works and doesn’t work for your students. And it is a good idea to receive feedback from your students and maintain communication.
Lastly, motivating students is paramount to creating independent lifelong learners. It is important for the teacher to gear lessons to the needs and wants of students. Constantly elicit feedback from students. Show that you value their opinions by incorporating their suggestions into the lessons. Motivate students with praise. This is very important in a classroom. Students will feel more confident in their abilities and the progress they are making. Build good personal relationships with your students. Take an interest in them as individuals and not just as a whole. When you build a stronger bond, the students are more likely to work hard to please you and succeed in learning English. Help students to set personal goals for themselves. After helping them set realistic goals, regularly check the progress of each student. Share successes of different individual students with the class. This helps others become motivated seeing success is possible and attainable. Making each student feel like they are important and contribute to the class.