ERIC Number: ED340243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Yes--But Will They Behave? Managing the Interactive Classroom. Pathfinder 4.
This guide is designed to assist British language teachers in organizing language lessons to offer opportunities for real communication and lively interaction while maintaining a reasonable working atmosphere for both pupils and teachers. The guide suggests ways to avoid creating unnecessary problems, respond constructively to classroom problems that do arise, and reduce the need for overtly imposed control. The first section offers help in anticipating the effect of a given activity, recommending that teachers ask whether: (1) the activity has the result of stirring up or settling the class; and (2) in what ways it involves the learner, mentally and physically. Some insights into the relationship between student involvement and behavior are offered. The second section provides specific techniques for adjusting an activity to provide the same linguistic experience while creating a different mood in the classroom, including changing the behavior of an individual student, increasing actual class occupation, and increasing mental engagement. The third section discusses adjustments in the sequence of activities to: (1) start a lesson in a way that calms students; (2) place lively work between calm phases; and (3) improve management of longer lessons. Some final, general comments on class management are also offered. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Pacing, Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Participation
Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, Regent's College, Inner Circle, London NW1 4NS, United Kingdom (3.95 British pounds).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom