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Why Rewards are More Important than Punishments

Why Rewards are More Important than Punishments

While trying to manage a classroom, most teachers’ first instinct will be to simply punish students for disruptive behaviors. There is definitely a space and a need for that – some behaviors are simply too disruptive or even dangerous to not address immediately and decisively. However, there are a lot of compelling reasons why rewarding and reinforcing good behavior is a far better long-term strategy than just using negative consequences.

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A Quick Guide to Classroom Rules

A Quick Guide to Classroom Rules

It’s one thing to talk about establishing clear rules right from the start of class, but it’s another thing to implement them effectively. It’s crucial for classroom management, to have a simple set of rules that you enforce consistently and fairly.

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10 Tips For Teaching Large Classes

10 Tips For Teaching Large Classes

Teaching large classes can be daunting if you’ve never stood in front of that many students before.  Ideally, ESL class sizes are fairly small.  Discipline is easier, and you can devote more resources and time to giving each student the attention that they need.  Things don’t always work out like that, though.  In many schools, where resources are limited, you may find yourself staring at a sea of 20 or more faces.  Not to worry—once you get the hang of it, teaching a large class is not only easy, it can be a lot of fun.  Here are a few tips to get you going on the right foot: Plan, Plan, Plan  To keep a large class engaged, you need to keep things moving and have a lot of energy.  That means you need to know exactly what you and the students are doing next.  Dead time while you are shuffling through textbooks or notes trying to find the right page or choose an activity is the perfect time for students to get distracted and start misbehaving. Establish Routines  Routines are one of the most important things to have in terms of maintaining order in the classroom.  When students know […]

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