The Teacher and The Class
Two of the main causes of naughtiness among children are boredom and fatigue.The main cause of boredom
and fatigue is having to listen to the teacher talking and talking,but doing anything far too longer than 20
minutes can become boring.The well-planned lesson might ensure that the class will get boredor tired But we
do not always have time to prepare all our lessons thoroughly. At such times with class management we can still
give a successful lesson.
PART I: Beginning the Lesson
the inexperience or nerveoust eacher tends to start teaching as soon as he enters the classroom.But there are
several things to do first which can pay off in avoiding trouble'
A. checking your own equipment(lesson plan,textbook,visual aid,etc.)
Make sure you have what you need, and have not left something vital in the staffroom.Having to leave
the classroom to get something can be disastrous'
B. Checking the room equiPment
See that the blackboard is cleaned.See that there is enough chalk and a duster.See that the windows are
adiusted to suit the weather or the atmosphere in the room is very important,begin the class with a
clean board and finish it with a clean board.Various pupil can do these chores simultaneously.
C. Ensuring access(reaching the students)
this is lmportant to make that you will have access to every pupil in the class.Make seating with names on it,
in that way identify faces and memorize names.Or name cards can be used Any seat arrangement that
2. Open square (horseshoe)
3. Semi-circle arrangement: there will be face to face relationship between the teacher and the students also
The ideal number of students in a FL (Foreign Language)class is 10,because:
1.During oral work you need to be near a speaker in order to hear him clearly and if necessary correct him
2. During silent reading and writing you need to be able to answer individuals without disturbing everyone.
3. The least interested pupils tend either to sit farthest away from you or to push movable desks into groups so
that they can all be close together.
These are the most likely to cause trouble.A student finds it less easy to play,talk, pass things round etc. if you
are able to appear by his shoulder at any moment.So if necessary,spenda minute or two getting the desks
positioned satisfactorily.For a much smaller class,a open square or semi-circular arrangement is suitable.
D. Reducingthe distance
If there are more desks than students, get the students at the back to fill the desks in front. Make sure they bring
their books,pens etc.
One exception;if you suffer from persistent late comers try leaving a few desks at the front of the class.
E. Removing distractions
See to it that pupils have on their desks only the things you want them to have. If you want to start with some
revision desks should be clear. Don't begin until there is silence and attention is focused on you.