classroom manager

LTL DISCUSSION: the classroom manager

LTL DISCUSSION: The Classroom Manager

Classroom management: What is it and why do we need it?

Project management makes sure that everyone knows what they have to do, and when they have to do it. Resource management ensures that we don’t run out of stuff, and everyone gets their fair share. Time management is about getting everything done with enough time left over for the fun stuff. So, what is classroom management? Basically, an effective classroom manager creates an environment where learning is a fun and rewarding thing to do – for everybody.

Classroom management is often described in terms of the students’ behaviour. Younger learners are trained to sit properly at their tables, to keep quiet and pay attention, but what classroom management rules do teachers apply to themselves? An effective classroom manager is skillfully managing the students’ learning. The students can be as quiet and well behaved as you like, but being well-behaved in class is NOT the same thing as being engaged and learning.

What are the teacher’s responsibilities?

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The whole process of learning in schools around the world is rigorously assessed and monitored by education departments and ministries. Education theories are applied (or not) as the experts see fit, but schools in poor areas are STILL failing to educate the children from poorer families.

Why is this?

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LTL REFLECTION: a ghost in the toilets

LTL REFLECTION: A Ghost in the Toilets

Classroom Management, Prepositions and Other Scary Stories

During a recent school visit, I met a teacher who showed me the worksheets for her EFL class on preposition review followed by an activity to practise giving directions. It was a nicely planned and well thought out lesson, and the teacher invited me into her class of 25 or so nine-year-olds to join in and assist. Joining in the lessons is one of the things I enjoy most about my job; all the fun of the fair, but no axles to grease and no student files to complete. So I went.

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language teaching and learning

READING ESL: beautiful river (poem)

Choral Speaking Competitions

I wrote this poem for a poetry recitation competition that we didn’t win. No hard feelings.

Choral speaking events are very popular in Malaysian primary schools, and it reminds me very much of my childhood experiences in South Wales. As far as I know, Malaysia and Wales are unique in their love of choral speaking events. My colleague who is the same age group as me was brought up in the neighbouring English county of Herefordshire, and she’s never heard of it. Choral speaking events are not a ‘thing’ in New Zealand, either.

It’s an acquired taste, I must say. But it is also very hard work for the competitors and their coaches, and some of the work is superb, even If you don’t like that sort of thing. Obviously, these verses were written to be read aloud. So, as I was writing the verses I read them back to myself to see if they sounded OK, and I was surprised to hear myself reading out loud in a Cwmbrân accent from my primary school days in South Wales.

The theme for the poetry recitation was a choice of Beauty’, ‘Freedom’ or ‘Hope’ and each entry had to be original work of 4-6 minute duration. There are one or two unfamiliar words for English learners, so I have added a short glossary at the end.

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