Ultimately, this is an impossible situation and ironically one that teachers all over the world face every single day. One teacher cannot effectively 'steer' 20 5-6 year olds whose bodies need constant movement and who learn best from play. There are some who manage to do it with fear and control as you say, but mostly there will be noise and disturbances and it is a big part of teaching to even be able to 'manage' the class.Now, I am going to teach children English in a class where there are about 20 students at age of around 6 or 5 in July 14th. There are more than 100 classes like this in our corporation/company, training institution. I have seen and observed 10 classes of how their teachers taught and how students responded. I have found that there really existed some students who just didn't listen and did their own things during the class no matter what the teachers said. Usually to deal with such students, teachers would fear them through yelling or shouting at them or let them stand by their seats or the worst case would let them to go outside(I haven't seen, only heard of). Of course, there would be no beating or any other physical doingness onto children. And of course, no matter what they want to do onto the children, all teachers must know what their parents attitudes are, without their parents permission, shouting or yelling at the not-listening children would probably cause consequences.
And I also saw that in the whole class all children were listening but there were some children who were a little introvert or passive because they seemed shy and just didn't want to talk, yet most of the students were active.
So, in such a class teachers would not need efforts to control or direct the students to listen. On the contrary, teachers need to encourage them to be active.
Teachers tried their best to make their presentations/teachings interesting and attractive, which played the most important role to lessen the children's boredom or distraction. But on children's side, there may be some kids who just talked around or moved around, not giving the teachers a shit. To deal with such students, are there any other methods besides FEARING THEM? Because I really saw a class where the teacher was very nice to the students, she didn't say anything aloud just gave a slight/gentle order to the students. But the students just didn't buy it, it was like 'giving them an inch, they wanted a mile'. They became even more out of control, of course there were only a few students who were quite disturbing to the whole class. Most of the others were like followers.
So, the children were sent by their parents here to learn English. So, the starting point and the purpose were both learning English. But there were also many other things to deal with when it came to CONTROLLING/DIRECTING the children to learn English. Because for them, I am sure they are quite confusing why they should learn English. The reason is none other than their parents' idea.
So, how can I teach a 20-person class effectively to supervise and support those who are over-active and over-inactive students? Thanks.
Thanks, barbara, how about Zachary ?Hey Wangzhangkai,
the name Zach is already in use and the system does not allow for two users of the same name. Is there another version of the name that works for you?
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