Teach English in Nanjie Jiedao - Zhangye Shi

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This lesson was about how to manage a classroom. There were some important points that we should keep in mind. Eye contact, gesture and the voice are the three essentials that we should never forget if we want to have a class that pays attention. A teacher that doesn't use eye contact can be viewed as someone who isn't confident with what he's saying, which no teacher wants of course. With eye contact we can do a lot. We can maintain discipline, let students know that we want them to be involved in an activity and so on. Gestures help us enhance what we want to share with the students. At once we become more interesting for the students. At the time we can reduce the need for verbal explanation. Voice isn't less important than two other factors mentioned above. A good teacher should be able to adapt to any circumstances that occur in the classroom. He should be able to work with the voice and change it naturally. \"The greater the variation of the voice, the greater the effectiveness\" (Unit 5/the voice) What else makes a GOOD teacher? One of the other factors is using students' names. It's clear and reasonable. It's more personal and it enhances the possibility of students listening more. Another factor what we should work out during our lessons are group works/ grouping students. There are some pros and cons of course, when it comes to group works. But it can often make lessons more effective since the students are able to speak. We can use either whole class group activities, student working just on their own and pairwork - which is one of the best ways to deepen opportunity for students to talk. Classroom arrangement is the way in which we organize the students. We have the authority, however we should be aware of the students needs. We may want to put a weaker student next to a stronger, therefore the stronger one will boost the weaker one. Some of well known seatings are: orderly rows (very popular), circles and horseshoes (easier eye contact), separable tables (teacher probably unable to maintain eye contact with all students) The teacher position can be various, we can of course stand in from of the class, however if we sit it may make them more relaxed. It's important to just monitor without interruption when the students are doing some activity. And, of course, be available for them if some struggles occur. Nevertheless the teacher's position really depends on the activity. When writing on board, we can't avoid turning our back to the students. There are some tips how to decrease frequency of us standing back to our students. Some of them are to have pre-prepared the board in advance, to have cards with vocabulary etc. We should always pay attention to each student individually. That's why we are there- for them, to help them learn something that they (hopefully) want to learn. Hence we should make sure to know every student's name. It's highly necessary. The teacher mustn't pay attention only to some students, he's for everyone in the classroom. When it comes to student talking time and teacher talking time. My motto is a serenity. Sometimes it's necessary for the teacher to talk, especially when presenting some topic, although bit always it's necessity to speak. We should keep encouraging style students to talk BUT it should be to the topic of course. When giving instructions, we should keep it simple and make sure everybody understands.