This is a guest post from Jessica Robinson. You can find more of Jessica’s writing at The Speaking Polymath. Here, she introduces some fantastic methods for classroom management.
Many thanks, Jessica!
Every classroom has some noisy and disruptive students. Classroom management is essentially the process of preventing disruptive behaviors from students so that effective teaching and efficient learning can take place. The different classroom management strategies you can utilize as teachers are such that they help you gain maximum attention from your students. As your students start focussing on learning, they naturally don’t engage in mischief, and your classroom becomes well managed. But, this is not all! If you keep implementing the same classroom management strategies, things will become monotonous for your students over time, and they’ll again become likely to engage in disruptive behaviors. This implies that to keep students engaged, you must try new classroom management strategies from time to time. As finding new classroom management strategies is not at all easy, this blog is here to help you. In it, we are going to discuss five innovative classroom management strategies that you can implement as an English teacher.
1. Gamification of Learning
What, according to you, is that one thing which every child loves doing? Your answer will be playing or gaming, isn’t it? All children exhibit incredible enthusiasm for playing. The moment you tell them that you will play a game with them, their faces light up with big smiles. Not only this, they are so focused while playing that it is challenging to distract them. This implies that one of the best strategies to derive your students’ absolute attention is to gamify English learning. Now, here are some simple and exciting ways to help you gamify English learning for your students:
◦ Conducting Instagram contests:
This is one of the most exciting ways of gamifying English learning for your students. Whenever you give them an English writing assignment in class, you can tell them that it is a writing contest and have to post whatever they write on their Instagram page. This will inspire them to give their best shot. Afterward, as they post their writings on Instagram, you can visit their Instagram pages and look for the three best posts as winners and recognize them publicly in the comments section. Moreover, you can also post appreciating comments on every post you like. By doing so, you can make your students feel good and inspire them to do even better. So, this is one way to gamify English learning for your students. You can also extend rewards to the top three performers in class if you wish.
◦ Making them play online English learning games in class:
If you have a smartboard in your classroom or are allowed to use tablets for educational purposes, you can also make them play online English learning games. Gamestolearnenglish.com, helpfulgames.com, and englishactivities.net are three popular websites that offer a wide range of English learning games. You can visit such websites and make your students play fair games in class.
◦ Creating your own innovative English learning games:
You can also create your own innovative English learning games for your students if you like. Don’t worry; it is not tricky. All you have to do is search for educational games to play with students on the internet. As you go through the list, you just have to think which game can be easily modified to be played with your students according to the lesson you have to teach. For example, if you have to teach antonyms to your students, you can play Charades with them. You can call different students one by one, and they’ll try to enact a word, which you’ll give them, and the rest of the students will have to guess the word and then tell its antonym.
2. Making Use of Different Props
Children always get excited whenever they see something new. So, if you can use various kinds of props while teaching different lessons, your students will naturally start feeling curious about learning. As a result, they’ll become focused in class, fascinated by your new way of teaching. As an example, let us say that you have to teach prepositions in class. You can then use different props for this purpose like you can keep a pencil on an eraser and then describe the arrangement to help your students understand the usage of the preposition ‘on.’
3. Supporting your verbal teachings with appropriate body language and voice modulation
Imagine yourself as a student sitting in a class where the teacher dictates an English lesson plainly like she is just reading something out to you. How will you feel? Dull and monotonous, isn’t it? Now, imagine yourself as a student again. This time, your teacher is vibrant and makes different facial expressions, hand gestures, and modulating his voice according to the discussed things. How will you feel? Excited, isn’t it? So, as you can yourself feel, supporting your verbal teachings with appropriate body language and voice modulation can make English learning exciting for your students and, thus, increase their focus in class. To learn different body language and voice modulation techniques, you can watch videos on these subjects.
4. Inspire your students to learn sincerely with an exciting reward
Prices and rewards are great motivation boosters. You can inspire your students to learn sincerely by announcing some exciting rewards. You can select these rewards so that they, too, support the process of English learning. For example, you can tell your students that if they behave well and learn sincerely for the entire week, then you’ll make them watch a movie on the last working day of the week, as a reward. This trick works, and you’ll find your students behaving well in class for the entire week.
5. Including social media in the learning process
Students of almost all age groups love using social media. If you can include it in the learning process, your students will naturally be more involved in the class. Here is an example to help you get an idea of how you can use social media for English teaching. Let us say that you have to make your students revise articles in the class. You can then show them some popular posts on a particular social media platform and find out the errors in the usage of articles. This will make them feel excited and help you keep them focused on learning. This is how you can include social media in the English learning process.
It is crucial to prevent disruptive students from creating mischief in your English class to teach effectively. The tips mentioned above for classroom management will help you with it. Now, wishing you All the Best and a happy time teaching.