Monday, November 21, 2011

750. Management of the class

One day teacher of English A said to teacher of English B, “In order to manage the class, or in other words, to efficiently teach and create an atmosphere of work, I think it’s essential to continuously observe your students: if they are following you, following another classmate that is responding or explaining about his or her experience, if that student over there is lately more absent-minded..., if there is some furtive-looking sort of plotting between two students - smiling cunningly, with furtive and shifty looks at each other...

View all this not as something negative and invigilating-like. I see you’re trying to manage the class so as to make their real and serene learning English easier.

You’ve got to intervene as soon as possible to cut off possible disruption and misbehavior problems.

I’ve seen you also take into account the average students and the high-achievers, who are trying to listen to the teacher and the conversation between two or more students in English.

Now I can remember one day when two students were discussing, for long, about the way each of them studied English. It was amazing: both were naturalistically communicating with each other, and I think they were not aware they were talking in English: the important point then was the discussion and nice small controversy between those two students, of 12 or 13 years. The interest for listening to those two kids grew among the others.” / Photo from: pard technion ac il. Students With Computer

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