Effective classroom management strategies

Practical classroom management activities for your English lesson. Tricks and tips to hone your skills and have a happy, productive class.

ESL-Classroom-management

How wonderful it is to enter a quiet, cooperative classroom where you can work with cheerful, great students who listen and do whatever you ask them to do. At some stage in your life it could seem impossible. It is only a dream. I have news for you. It can happen. Everything is up to you.

Are you familiar with the overwhelming feeling just before you start in a new school where unknown faces and unexpected challenges waiting for you? Have you ever been stuck with a particular group and didn't know what to do with them? Have you ever wished for the next hour to be over? Did you check your watch every minute but the class felt like an eternity? Have you ever asked yourself about what is the next step? To avoid being under pressure, prepare yourself with some classroom management tips gathered here for you.

Believe it or not but one of the most important things when you have an ESL class, is how you can handle your young learners individually or as a group. If you are able to make them behave, listen to you and listen to each other, engage them with meaningful and interesting activities you almost won the battle. Does it seem too much at the first sight? Well, it is. But practice make us perfect and with a little help and time, you find the classes less stressful and more effective.

The key points are:

  • Set the scene
  • Make agreements
  • Use posters
  • Control behaviour
  • Apply brain breaks
  • Use behaviour chart
  • Reward wisely
  • Set your routine up
  • Differenciate

The list is basically never ending. You certainly wonder, but how can I do it? Take one step at a time. Read one tip at a time. Try to put it in practice and move to the next one when you succeded.