You will find my ‘A-Z of classroom management and relationships’ on the opposite page. This is a list of tips which I use on teacher training courses to help trainees to manage their classrooms and to build productive classroom relationships with their students. In CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) courses, which usually last around four to six weeks, I present the list in one of the early sessions of the course after an input session on teacher/learner styles and after the trainees have taught their first lessons.
Having said that, I see no reason why it could not be used for or by more experienced teachers as some kind of revision, reference or in-service teacher training tool. I think it also has potential to be used for observation purposes, perhaps preceding or following a continuing professional development tutorial. Trainers could focus on a different letter or group of letters for individual observations/teachers: ‘Today we’re going to be looking at letters A to E or letters BRIAN (a BRIAN lesson).’ The choice of letters could be made by the observer or by the observee.
An A-Z of classroom management and relationships
Simon Brown has taught in France, Spain and the UK< and he is now a freelance teacher, CELTA tutor/trainer and assessor, he is interested in the welfare and motivation of CELTA candidates as they progress through their intensive training, and he is an enthusiastic advocate to teachers as humanists rather than linguistic technicians. He can be reached at [email protected]
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