Monday, January 31, 2011

The Do's and Don'ts of the language classroom

Here in Brazil, it's the start of another school year here and excitement is in the air.

Teacher trainers always recommend that teachers establish rules at the start of a school year. They are there to help teacher and student and they reduce the chances of indiscipline. This is what we call classroom management.

But sometimes teachers think that students already know how to behave and students expect teachers to make the classroom rules clear for everyone.

This video from the eternal movie "To Sir with love" helps to show what I'm talking about

Did you look at the glogster at the top of this post?

For teachers: Do you always set the rules at the beginning of each year?

For students: What rules or suggestions would you include in the list above?


Angela said...

The key-word for rules in the classroom is negotiation. Since the learning process involves teacher- student`s interaction, all rules in the classroom have to be set up, agreed and periodically re-examined by both.
Twenty years ago, for instance, it wasn`t necessary to set up a rule for the use of mobile phones in the classroom. And we never know what technology is up to launch and how to deal with its use in the future classes.
In a democratic school, the rules set and negotiated by teachers and students must be very clear and once in agreement, not only the teachers but also the students are equally considered rulers.
When the teacher himself establishes all rules , students usually spend their time testing them out, and so testing the ruler.
I believe that some rules are fundamental:
Teachers and students have the right to be treated with respect by everyone in the classroom.
Students have the right to express their own opinions, to be heard and to allow others to express their opinions and be heard as well.
For example, when someone suggests “speak only what is necessary “ or "do not interrupt the teacher “,he`s reporting an autocratic and controlling school.
Sometimes a student interrupts the teacher because he has an important question which may sometimes represent a doubt of all the class. Some students also interrupt the class to add important contribution to the teacher`s explanation.
What is proper and what is improper in the classroom?
Do`s and Don`ts?
Only by means of negotiation, teachers and students will come to a conclusion.

defstef98 said...

This enlightening comment here Angela touches on an interesting point: comparing the basic classroom rules in the past as opposed to the rules that need to be established today.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I think Angela is right.When the school rulers or we, teachers establish all the rules , the students keep testing us all the time.
The key-word for classroom managemant is negotiation.

Anonymous said...

The students need respect their teachers,they need understand what is an educated person in class .

Anonymous said...

The problem is:
What is an "educated student" ?
Some teachers misinterpret the concepts of education and formality.
Good manners?
Values about good manners vary from country to country, from state to state in the same country and sometimes from district to district in the same city and consquently from school to school.
What`s the border line between permissiveness and authoritarism?
This topic calls for further discussion.