3 Easy Ideas to Maximise TEFL Classroom Management
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When you are in the classroom the last thing you want to think about is TEFL classroom management. You’ve already spent so much time and energy planning the content of your lesson that you don’t even want to imagine that things won’t go according to plan.
But they never do.
Luckily for you (and your sanity) there are a few ways you can make sure you are always prepared to deal with unexpected classroom situations so you know how to deal with them before they turn your lesson into a disaster.
Why is TEFL classroom management important?
Classroom management in the TEFL classroom is vital for the smooth running of your EFL lessons.
If your students are not paying attention or do not follow instructions, your well-planned lesson activities will be wasted. A big concern when it comes to classroom management is behaviour management, whether it’s with Young Learners, teens or adults.
This is not always an issue with the students. If a teacher doesn’t know how to organise a class full of learners well, the confusion will be visible on your students’ faces!
In the TEFL classroom, we want the students to be able to focus on language learning. They shouldn’t have to worry about complicated instructions and confusing activities.
Is classroom management a skill?
It is one of the many skills you will pick up as a TEFL teacher. So if you aren’t any good at organising or maintaining order in a group of people, don’t worry: with some experience as a TEFL teacher you’ll soon be a professional.
Here are a few strategies for effective TEFL classroom management:
1. Plan a few extra activities
The worst thing that can happen in a classroom (especially one full of Young Learners) is that you run out of activities but not out of time.
If students are not focussed on classroom activities, they will become distracted, start talking to their friends or even become disruptive.
Besides planning the sequence of your lesson – as well as the transitions between activities – make sure you have a few ideas planned if you have a few extra minutes.
These need not be brand new activities, but can rather be extensions of what has just be done in class.
For example, if you were planning to give them a grammar exercise for homework, let them complete it during the lesson; if you have just learnt some new vocabulary, play a no-materials revision game.
2. Utilise groupwork
Behaviour management in a classroom full of students can be hard but it becomes much more manageable if that class is divided into smaller groups.
Giving instructions, explaining problems, correcting work – it’s all less stressful with five students rather than twenty. Plus, doing work in groups allows the students to participate more.
Read more: How Should Teachers Give Instructions?
As your class get to know you better, organising the class into groups should get easier. It ca be messy to divide a class into groups but if you have a system and the students understand that system, you’ll find that it won’t take too much time out of the lesson, so you can spend more time on the important stuff.
Examples of useful systems to group students are:
- allocating fruit labels to students then asking them to make a fruit salad
- giving students numbers and asking them to find students with the same number
- grouping students by proximity to each other
3. Change it up
Nobody likes to do the same thing every day or every week and there’s no reason your students are any different. Establishing a routine for certain procedures is definitely a good idea, but that doesn’t mean you need to do the same things every lesson.
Mix up the order of your lessons, change around the groups, do something unexpected and fun. Your students will stop dreading the lessons they don’t enjoy (Tuesdays mean reading!) and look forward to every lesson because they are never sure what could be in store for them.
As an added bonus, it will help your boredom levels too!
You never know what to expect in the TEFL classroom and some days your lesson can seem on the brink of chaos for a variety of reasons.
Don’t panic – consider these three TEFL classroom management strategies and you should be able to maintain a calm learning environment.
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- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.