Like gathering fallen leaves, most teachers use checklists to organise their day-to-day work and responsibilities which include content, important tasks, report, to-do list, etc.
Preparing your classroom for a new day can be a overwhelming task, especially if you are new into the teaching profession. Even veterans in the field tend to feel the stress during the first few weeks of school.
To help curb some of this stress try keeping track of the essential tasks with a checklist. Here is a list of things you will want to know to successfully maintain a classroom.
To get students' attention here's, what you can do:
- Ask interesting questions to generate discussion and interest in the lesson.
- Use diagrammatic representations, if possible, to woo students' attention.
- Try props and storytelling to get peak interest.
- Storytelling is a very effective method to gain attention.
- Bring in objects of relevance to generate excellent discussions or writing activities.
- Vary your tone of instruction.
- Use healthy body language to communicate instructions.
- Usage of colour is very effective in getting attention.
- Cultivate the feel of excitement and enthusiasm about the upcoming lesson.
- Let students face you when you are speaking, make eye contact while instructions are being given.
Here is how you can keep your student's attention focused:
- Use different strategies when giving directions or while presenting a lesson.
- Make sure you can be heard clearly by all students.
- Be aware of disturbances in your classroom.
- Positions all students in a way, so that they can see the board, without their visibility being blocked.
- To keep students' attention, explain to them the purpose and relevance of the lesson.
- Incorporate demonstrations and presentation into your teaching.
- Use visuals and diagrams to get and maintain attention and to help them understand and remember the concept.
- Block or remove distracting clutter from the board or screen.
How to maintain students' attention? Follow these:
- Maintain your visibility by moving around the classroom.
- Integrate ideas/concepts and make connection while teaching.
- Be prepared for your teaching session, do not over-spend time on instructions.
- Use high interest materials like pictures and diagrams.
- Ask questions that require reasoning to stimulate critical thinking and discussion.
- Make efforts to increase student responses.
- Create activities so that it can be done in pairs or small groups to engage students in cooperative learning.
There's so much to do in a classroom, these easy-to-follow checklist will have you relaxed and ready for your students and to create a healthy classroom environment.